Buddhist Medicine

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Posted by Nakkeeran ( on March 13, 2000 at 19:36:36:

Recently I read an essay written in 1909 in Tamil by Pandit Iyotheedas (Iyotheedasar Sinthanaikal, ed.G.Aloysius, 1999, Folklore Research Centre, Palamkotai, Tamil Nadu) wherein he writes about Bhuddist medicine, the scientific, epidemiological foundation of this tradition and how in India this tradition was lost for ever with the gain of Brahminical supermacy over Buddhism. Whatever was left behind was carefully preserved by the lower caste sections in the society. But this too is in the process of being lost with the state (British colonial govt. then)
Even now it is possible to relate a large number of traditional health practice found among the lower castes in rural India to Buddhist tradition.
Anybody interested in ancient Buddhist medicine?

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