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The Patient Multiple

An Ethnography of Healthcare and Decision-Making in Bhutan

Jonathan Taee

242 pages, 30 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-394-1 $110.00/£78.00 Hb Published (January 2017)

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“This book is a welcome pioneering ethnography based on case studies that demonstrate a clear understanding of the way in which public health care services in Bhutan integrate both biomedical and ’traditional’ medicine.” · Mona Schrempf, Free University, Berlin

“This is a timely and much needed study on the relationship between traditional and modern medicine in Bhutan that is grounded in a rich, nuanced ethnographic study.” · Richard Whitecross, Edinburgh Napier University

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.

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.

Series: Volume 4, WYSE Series in Social Anthropology
Subject: General Anthropology Medical Anthropology Religion
Area: Asia

LC: GN296.5.B47 T34 2017

BISAC: SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural; SOC057000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Disease & Health Issues; SOC002020 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Physical

BIC: JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography; PSXM Medical anthropology


List of Figures
Notes on Language
Dzongkha Reference Guide


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 Né
Chapter 5. Patients and Healing Materials: Relations and Dependency

Conclusion: Assembling Patient Multiples and Complementary Logics of Care


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