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Traditional Thai Medicine: Buddhism, Animism, Ayurveda Paperback – February 25, 2015
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I liked the book very much. Although it was originally written for the author to attain his M.A., he did an elegant job of packing in a lot of information within a limited number of pages and did it with a personal and rather humble style of writing that would appeal to the masses and not just those people who are academically minded.
Just the same, a point of which both pleased and concerned me was that he gleaned both his modern and traditional impressions of Thai medicine primarily through his experiences at the Shivagakomarpaj Traditional Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai. Of the four years between 1997 and 2001, he spent a little over two years of his time in Thailand at this hospital, training as a practitioner and teacher of Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM). This hospital, considered one of the most prestigious traditional medical training centers in Northern Thailand, is both a government-licensed school and a community clinic that provides free traditional health-care to the local villages. Although it conveniently provides him with a `one-stop-shop' to gain insight into both modern and traditional influences in medical practice, it is equally limiting to what the school interprets as traditional practices. Dr.Read more ›