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Doctoring Traditions: Ayurveda, Small Technologies, and Braided Sciences

Projit Bihari Mukharji


The book explores the therapeutic change that transformed precolonial Kobiraji medicine into modern Ayurveda in the period between 1870 and 1930 in Bengal. The therapeutic change, the book argues, was engendered in a new image of the body. This new image of the body was distinct from both classical Ayurvedic medicine and from ‘western’ anatomical knowledge. This radical transformation was stimulated by the absorption of small technologies like watches, microscopes, thermometers etc. into Kobiraji medical practice. Just as it was actualized by the selective braiding together of particular stran ... More

Keywords: history of medicine, South Asia, Bengal, history of science, history of technology, complimentary medicine, India, British Empire, everyday technologies, healing, alternative medicine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226381794
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226381824.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Projit Bihari Mukharji, author
University of Pennsylvania