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Publication - Dr Theresia Hofer

    Medicine and Memory in Tibet: Amchi Physicians in an Age of Reform


    Hofer, T, 2018, ‘Medicine and Memory in Tibet: Amchi Physicians in an Age of Reform’. Seattle, University of Washington


    Only fifty years ago, Tibetan medicine, now seen in China as a vibrant aspect of
    Tibetan culture, was considered a feudal vestige to be eliminated through
    government-led social transformation. Medicine and Memory in Tibet examines
    medical revivalism on the geographic and sociopolitical margins both of China and of
    Tibet’s medical establishment in Lhasa, exploring the work of medical practitioners,
    or amchi, and of Medical Houses in the west-central region of Tsang.

    Due to difficult research access and the power of state institutions in the writing of
    history, the perspectives of more marginal amchi have been absent from most
    accounts of Tibetan medicine. Theresia Hofer breaks new ground both theoretically
    and ethnographically, in ways that would be impossible in today’s more restrictive
    political climate that severely limits access for researchers. She illuminates how
    medical practitioners safeguarded their professional heritage through great adversity
    and personal hardship.

    THERESIA HOFER is a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of
    Bristol, UK. She is the author of The Inheritance of Change: Transmission and Practice of Tibetan Medicine in Ngamring and edited Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine.

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