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June 10, 1974

History of Science and Technology in India, vol 3: Folk Medicine; vol 4: Indian System of Medicine

Author Affiliations

University of California San Francisco

JAMA. 1974;228(11):1434. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230360058036

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Dr. O. P. Jaggi, a distinguished Indian physician and medical researcher, is the author of a series of important volumes dealing with the history and philosophy of Indian medicine. These two volumes speak highly of Dr. Jaggi's work. Volume 3, dealing with folk medicine, actually tells us of the type of medicine that is most widespread in India. It is fanciful, and might, in Western terms, be described as "primitive," and therefore offers new and different insight into Indian thought on health and disease.

Dr. Jaggi's volume 4, dealing with the Indian system of medicine, gives an excellent presentation of the science of Ayurveda, which assures health and prolongs life, and is based on the writings of India's scholarphysicians Charaka, Sushruta, and Vagbhata.

The translations and analyses of their texts are excellent and highly literate, and, like the previously discussed volume on Indian folk medicine, this volume can be highly