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A Crisis Of Confidence: A Comparison Between Shifts In Tibetan Medical Education In Nepal And Tibet

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This chapter illustrates how and why Tibetan medical education is undergoing a number of changes in Nepal and in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). Some of these changes include shifts from private, informal instruction, often tied to a particular medical or religious lineage, toward institutionalisation and standardisation of curriculums; and increasing specialisation of Tibetan medical knowledge. In relation to this investigation of curriculum, the chapter explores ideas about conceptions of medical and social efficacy, as well as a phenomenon that might be called a 'crisis of confidence' in amchi and Tibetan medicine. The identification involves examinations of the concept and currency of lineage. The chapter shows how conceptions of lineage function within networks of practitioners, between amchi and their patients, as well as within specific nation-state contexts. It addresses the impacts that biomedicine and Western scientific models of knowledge transmission are having on gso ba rig pa medical education.

Keywords: amchi; medical efficacy; Nepal; social efficacy; Tibetan medical education; Western scientific models



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