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The Patient Multiple: An Ethnography of Healthcare and Decision-Making in Bhutan

Author:
Jonathan Taee

ISBN:
978 1 78533 394 1
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
274
List price(s):
$110.00
₤78.00

Publication date:
31 January 2017

Short description: 

In Bhutan, medical patients engage a variety of healing practices to seek cures for their ailments. The Patient Multiple delves into the context of patients' daily lives and decision-making processes, showing how these unique mountain cultures are finding paths to health among a changing and multifaceted medical topography.

Full description: 

In the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, medical patients engage a variety of healing practices to seek cures for their ailments. Patients use the expanding biomedical network and a growing number of traditional healthcare units, while also seeking alternative practices, such as shamanism and other religious healing, or even more provocative practices. The Patient Multiple delves into this healthcare complexity in the context of patients' daily lives and decision-making processes, showing how these unique mountain cultures are finding new paths to good health among a changing and multifaceted medical topography.

Table of contents: 

List of Figures Acronyms Notes on Language Dzongkha Reference Guide Acknowledgements Map Introduction Chapter 1. The Patient Multiple: Cures, Healths and Bodies Chapter 2. Modernising Traditional Medicine: A Two-Option Healthcare Service Chapter 3. An Ethnography of Decision-Making Chapter 4. Alternative Practices and the Removal of Ja Ne Chapter 5. Patients and Healing Materials: Relations and Dependency Conclusion: Assembling Patient Multiples and Complementary Logics of Care Bibliography Index

Biography: 

Jonathan Taee holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. He has conducted ethnographic research and worked in Tibet, Peru, Nepal, India, the USA and Bhutan.

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