We are pleased to offer ‘Southern Medicine for Southern People: Vietnamese Medicine in the Making’ by Laurence Monnais, C. Michelle Thompson, and Ayo Wahlberg (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012). Expressions of interest from all angles of the medical humanities are welcome, particularly those with an interest in East Asian Studies.
‘What is a national medicine? What does it mean for a medicine to be traditional and scientific at the same time? How could a specifically Vietnamese medicine emerge out of the medical practices and treatments that have flourished and waned during key socio-cultural encounters in Vietnam?
This book answers these questions by examining the making of Vietnamese medicine from a historical and contemporary perspective. Ever since its 14th century emergence out of the traditions and practices of the much more globally celebrated Chinese medicine, Vietnamese medicine has been engaged in a constant effort to define, guard and more recently, revive itself. In this collection of empirically-rich chapters, international scholars specialising in history, sociology, anthropology and medicine show how this process has played out through very much ongoing North-South and West-East encounters.
Vietnamese medicine is practiced, produced and consumed in contexts of medical pluralism and globalisation, not only within Vietnam, but increasingly also among Vietnamese diaspora around the world. Its development and modernisation cannot be detached from Vietnam’s tumultuous and tragic quest for independence. The compass points that saturate every chapter in this volume suggest that the making of Vietnamese medicine has been as much related to post-colonial national identity formation as it has to national efforts to address the health problems of the Vietnamese people’.
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