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Healing Powers and Modernity: Traditional Medicine, Shamanism, and Science in Asian Societies (review)

From: Philosophy East and West
Volume 56, Number 4, October 2006
pp. 702-703 | 10.1353/pew.2006.0047

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2006 by University of Hawai‘i Press A reviewer usually should not complain about what is not treated in a book, but in some cases here, stories really need rounding out. Laurel Kendall speaks of Korean folkloristic interest in shamans, but does not mention the fascinating and hotly debated ideas about shamanism as the fount of Korean morality and fine art. Geoffrey Samuel puts discussion of China’s brutal crushing of Tibetans and their culture ‘‘beyond the scope of this chapter’’ (p. 215), which deprives the reader of serious consideration of the most obtrusive force shaping Tibetan medical practice today. Such quibbles are minor. These compelling studies of local healers caught in global currents can stand on their own. Book Reviews 703 ...

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