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Body and spirit : Tibetan medical paintings / edited by Laila Williamson and Serinity Young ; introduction by Janet Gyatso ; medical tangkas painted by Romio Shrestha and atelier.

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Also known as

Tibetan medical paintings


New York : American Museum of Natural History in association with University of Washington Press, 2009.

Physical description

x, 234 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm


1st ed.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Medical paintings : Heavenly abode of the medicine Buddha Bhaishajyguru -- Physiology and its pathological transformation -- Diagnosis -- Treatments -- Human embryology -- Metaphors and measurements of the human body -- Anatomy -- The interconnecting blood vessels and channels -- Minor connecting blood vessels or capillaries -- Course of the life span principle -- The white channel -- Vulnerable points -- The three humors, human characteristics, and omens in the physicians path -- Dreams prognosis -- Pathology -- Behavior -- Diet -- Medications -- Medical instruments -- Prophylactics, diagnosis, and treatment -- Two methods of treatment -- The physician -- Moxibustion, surgical, and bloodletting points -- Humoral diseases, indigestion, and tumors -- Humoral and other diseases -- Fevers -- Various diseases -- Topographical lines of the vulnerable points of the body -- Anatomy of the trunk -- Poisons -- The greater elixir of rejuvenation -- The lesser elixir of rejuvenation -- Pulse examination -- Urine analysis -- Diagnosis through the tongue, tranquilizing agents, and oil therapy -- Cathartic procedures and bloodletting -- Bloodletting and moxibustion -- Moxibustion and minor surgery -- Moxibustion -- External therapies and minor surgery -- Treatment of ostensible diseases and diseases caused by imaginary demons -- Treatment of absolute and karmic diseases and similes associated with the Four Tantras -- Entrustment of the Four Tantras -- The arteries.



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    History of Medicine BW.AL.256


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