This unique volume initiates a dialogue between bio-medicine and alternative therapeutics. Undertaking a multidisciplinary exploration of the science and spirituality of healing and wellness, it offers varied perspectives from doctors, medical researchers, Ayurvedic practitioners, philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, and cultural critics. It expands the horizons of health sciences in engaging with diverse traditions — bio-medicine, Ayurveda, Siddha, and Jaina bio-ethics. The book will interest scholars and researchers in social and community medicine, biological sciences, sociology and social anthropology, as well as cultural studies.
‘This . . . remarkable book on a remarkable topic . . . brings to us the views and opinions of not only distinguished medical practitioners and researchers, but also of luminaries in psychology, philosophy, biology and social engineering . . . a stunning cast of contributors . . . [on] topics . . . ranging from scientific temper to spirituality, from mind–body medicine to spiritual healing, from stress to siddha, and from ethics to economics.’ — Dr A. J. Vinaya Simha, Professor of Endocrinology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
‘The chapters in this book, from an array of distinguished scholars from diverse fields, provide a . . . holistic picture of healing across boundaries. The debate between spirituality and science must continue.’ — Prof. Bal Ram Singh, Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biology; Director, Center for Indic Studies, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA
‘This book is a welcome step to de-mystify the Indian systems of medicine and present them in a simple, coherent and scientific manner to the discerning audience.’ — Dr Chandrakant S. Pandav, Professor and Head, Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
Foreword. Preface. Introduction: The Terms of the Dialogue: A Conversation with Pushpa Mittra Bhargava and P. Ram Manohar Makarand R. Paranjape 1. Science, Spirituality and Healing: In Search of Definitions P. Ram Manohar 2. Beyond Mind–Body Medicine Ramesh Bijlani 3. Spirituality and Health O. P. Yadava 4. Healing Minds and Bodies: What Place for Spirituality? Roger Worthington 5. The Culture and Philosophy of Bio-medicine in India: Critical Sociological Reflections Suhita Chopra Chatterjee 6. Spirituality, Mental Health and Perfectionism Nilanjana Sanyal 7. The Doctrine of the Three Humours in Traditional Indian Medicine Hartmut Scharfe 8. The Body in the System of Medicine: Caraka and Harvey Anuradha Veeravalli 9. Network of Touch in Spiritual Healing: Pancikarana-prakriya Piyali Palit 10. Bio-ethical Issues: Jaina Perspective and Prospects Asha Mukherjee 11. ‘Yogi-doctors’ and Occult Healing Arts: Holistic Therapeutics at Sri Aurobindo Ashram Makarand R. Paranjape. Conclusion: The Science and Spirituality of Healing. About the Editor. Notes on Contributors and Discussants. Index