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ReOrienting Histories of Medicine


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List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgements Transliterations and Abbreviations Introduction: Medical Encounters along the Silk Roads 1. Narrating Eurasian Origins of Medical Knowledge 2. Of Dice and Medicine: Interactions in Central Asian 'Contact Zones' 3. Myrobalans: The Making of a Eurasian Panacea 4. Tibetan Moxa-Cautery from Dunhuang: Practices and Images on the Move 5. Medicine of the Bakhshis: Cross-Pollinations in Buddhist Iran Afterword Bibliography Index

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This book provides a history of Eurasian medical encounters that focuses on transmission networks and integration processes.

About the Author

Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim is Reader in History at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. She is the co-editor of Rashid al-Din: Agent and mediator of cultural exchanges in Ilkhanid Iran (2013), Islam and Tibet: Interactions along the Musk Routes (2010) and Astro-Medicine: Astrology and Medicine, East and West (2008).


Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim draws on materials from the Bower Manuscript, the Genizah repository in Cairo, and cave 17 in Dunhuang to explain how medical knowledge moved across cultural contact zones and spread through Eurasia. Through reading sources in an unusual combination of languages, this study constitutes an impressive breakthrough in Silk Road studies. * Valerie Hansen, Professor of History, Yale University, USA *
Compact and readable, and yet richly informative about the interactions between a wonderful diversity of linguistic and scholarly traditions, ReOrienting Histories of Medicine will now be the first book that I recommend to students for orientation about the early history of Eurasian medical exchange. * Shigehisa Kuriyama, Reischauer Institute Professor of Cultural History, Harvard University, USA *

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