Review of Old potions, new bottles : recasting indigenous medicine in colonial Punjab, 1850-1945, by Sivaramakrishnan, K.
Hardiman, David (2008) Review of Old potions, new bottles : recasting indigenous medicine in colonial Punjab, 1850-1945, by Sivaramakrishnan, K. Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Vol.82 (No.2). pp. 464-465. ISSN 1086-3176Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/bhm.0.0021
Old Potions, New Bottles shows how indigenous medical practice in north India became polarized during the late colonial period into three separate systems, each of which claimed an antique heritage and was associated with a particular language tradition and religion. Ayurveda came to be seen as a system rooted in Sanskrit and Hindi and was practiced and used by Hindus. Yunani Tibb was depicted as an Arabic system, associated with the Urdu language and Islam. Punjabi Baidak claimed itself to be a distinctively Punjabi system, rooted in Sikh culture and religion. In the process, each tried to associate itself with particular nationalisms—Indian, Pakistani, and Punjabi Sikh. Although the nationalist leaders themselves were not always enthusiastic in their response—as they generally believed in the superiority of biomedicine—these systems gained some recognition after independence in 1947, with government-regulated colleges, degrees, and systems of registration.
|Item Type:||Book Review|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DS Asia
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > History > Centre for the History of Medicine
Faculty of Arts > History
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Traditional medicine -- Punjab (India) -- History|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Bulletin of the History of Medicine|
|Publisher:||The Johns Hopkins University Press|
|Book Title:||Old Potions, New Bottles: Recasting Indigenous Medicine in Colonial Punjab, 1850-1945|
|Page Range:||pp. 464-465|
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