A Short History of Aryan Medical Science

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    THE author, an Indian prince, after studying medicine with diligence and distinction in this country, applied himself on his return to India to a study of the ancient medical science of Hindustan. As a result, he presents in this treatise a bird's-eye view of the marvellous civilisation of India, and he does so from the point of view of a Hindu, in a spirit of faith and optimism creditable to his piety and patriotism. Perhaps a larger exercise of the critical faculty might have been more acceptable to Western intelligence, especially as, in some matters of history and chronology, the author is at issue with European authorities; but it might also have spoiled the picture, which is simple and bright, The writer prefaces his account of Indian medical science by a brief sketch of the early civilisation of the Hindus and of their religion, philosophy, science and art. The science and art of medicine were an important feature in this great system, elaborated according to the same principles and by the same methods as other branches of knowledge, and therefore possessing the same merits and the same faults. “The Hindus believe,” the author tells us, “that like all their other sciences, the science of medicine has been revealed to them.”

    A Short History of Aryan Medical Science.

    By Sir H. H. Bhagvat Sinh Jee, Thakore Saheb of Gondal. Pp. 280; with 10 plates. (London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd.)

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    A Short History of Aryan Medical Science. Nature 55, 221 (1897) doi:10.1038/055221a0

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