ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Bio-medicalisation and Gandhi's Vision of Health

Modern medicine has created a dichotomy: modern medicine on the one hand, and alternative systems on the other. This paper views this dichotomy and liminality in the context of Gandhi's vision of health. It delineates the elements and structural coordinates of this alternative healthcare system, and tries to understand how, over time, a synthesis has occurred between the epistemologies of Nature Cure and Modern Medicine. It also looks at how Gandhi's vision of health has undergone a change at two levels, that of "space" and structural relations. This paper also tries to understand how the archaeology of discourse and medical perception evolves, changes and coexists under the canvas of larger political-economic situations.

How Not to Modernise Alternative Medicine Systems

The implications of the Maharashtra government's permission to homeopathic practitioners to prescribe allopathic drugs are manifold. This form of "modernisation" not only threatens the identity of the alternative systems but also hampers their most important characteristic, namely, healing, which has helped most of the medical systems to stand the test of time.
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