[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
August 27, 1973

Tibetan Medicine Illustrated in Original Texts

Author Affiliations

Brown University Providence, RI


translated and presented by Rechung Rinpoche, 340 pp, with illus, $16, University of California Press, 1973.

JAMA. 1973;225(9):1129. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220370065039

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


This volume, published by the Wellcome Institute of the History of Medicine conjointly with the University of California Press, is a curious contribution to the history of medicine. It represents the attempt of a Tibetan scholar to describe to the West his culture's medical tradition. This worthy objective is approached in three different ways: by means of a history of Tibetan medicine (pp 8-28); by means of English versions of some chapters of the rGyud-bzhi, the standard medical treatise in Tibetan (pp 29-97); and by means of a translation of the biography of an early Tibetan physician, gYu-thog (pp 143-327). In addition there are provided a bibliography of Western literature on Tibetan medicine (pp 98-102), some inadequately explained anatomical drawings (pp 104-141), a glossary of Tibetan terms (pp 328-329), and an index of medical topics (pp 331-340).

Unfortunately, the history is purest fancy and is of interest only as an