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Integrating Abstraction: Modernising Medicine At Lhasa's Mentsikhang

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'Integrated medicine' in the wards of the Lhasa Mentsikhang was a collection of efforts unevenly woven together to treat and heal Tibetan patients within the context of overwhelming pressures to modernise in specific ways. This chapter suggests that integration occurs by way of prioritising of, and preference for, biomedical techniques and practices over those of Tibetan medicine (TM) that leaves Tibetan medicine appearing 'abstract'. Exposure to biomedicine began early on at the turn of the century, by way of British stations in Tibet, and by way of Tibetan missions in India. The influences of modernisation and the integration concerned are limited to those emerging over the last fifty years of exposure to biomedicine by way of Chinese socialism and, later, foreign health development efforts. The author groups the trends that are having the visible impact on practices and theory in TM under: depoliticisation, secularisation and commercialisation.

Keywords: British stations; Chinese socialism; commercialisation; depoliticisation; Lhasa Mentsikhang; secularisation; Tibetan medicine appearing 'abstract'; Tibetan missions



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