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Paths to Asian Medical Knowledge
Edited By Charles Leslie & Allan Young
The present work is guided by two central ideas: that medical traditions are based on coherent forms of practice and belief about illnesses, and that these systems are embedded in the symbols and world views that characterize the historical differences between civilizations. These new essays by leading scholars from Europe and North America focus on issues in the humoral and biomedical traditions of several Asian countries. How do patients and practitioners know what they know? What kinds of categories of information constitute evidence about pathological processes? What reasoning do they find persuasive, and under what circumstances?