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.
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
Notes on Language, Transliteration, Transcription and Translation xi
Dzongkha Reference Guide xv
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