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

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

by Jonathan Taee

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785333941
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2017
Series: WYSE Series in Social Anthropology , #4
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Illustrations and Figures viii

Acronyms x

Notes on Language, Transliteration, Transcription and Translation xi

Dzongkha Reference Guide xv

Acknowledgements xviii

Introduction 1

1 The Patient Multiple: Cures, Healths and Bodies 35

2 Modernizing Traditional Medicine: A Two-Option Healthcare Service 69

3 An Ethnography of Decision-Making 101

4 Alternative Practices and the Removal of Ja Né 135

5 Patients and Healing Materials: Relations and Dependency 169

Conclusion: Assembling Patient Multiples and Complementary Logics of Care 184

Bibliography 195

Index 217

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