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Les fausses couches dans la littérature āyurvédique


Smets, S (2010). Les fausses couches dans la littérature āyurvédique. Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques, 64(2):387-414.

Abstract

Recently, various studies on obstetrics in āyurvedic literature have been published: they shed light on a rich and varied documentation, gathered from treatises which are not always easily available. In his opus magnum, A History of Indian Medical Literature, G. Jan Meulenbeld shows that a lot of work has still to be done in this field. This article provides a small summary of data collected in the most famous classical treatises on the specific question of miscarriage. First, I will recall the ideas commonly shared on “normal” conception and pregnancy, in order to highlight the etiology of garbhavyāpad; then, some diseases will be analysed in more detail to illustrate three issues: 1°) the clever synthesis of earlier sources (CS and SS) realized by Vāgbhaṭa; 2 °) the original position of the Suśrutasaṃhitā; 3 °) the ambiguity of certain terms in the āyurvedic tradition.

Abstract

Recently, various studies on obstetrics in āyurvedic literature have been published: they shed light on a rich and varied documentation, gathered from treatises which are not always easily available. In his opus magnum, A History of Indian Medical Literature, G. Jan Meulenbeld shows that a lot of work has still to be done in this field. This article provides a small summary of data collected in the most famous classical treatises on the specific question of miscarriage. First, I will recall the ideas commonly shared on “normal” conception and pregnancy, in order to highlight the etiology of garbhavyāpad; then, some diseases will be analysed in more detail to illustrate three issues: 1°) the clever synthesis of earlier sources (CS and SS) realized by Vāgbhaṭa; 2 °) the original position of the Suśrutasaṃhitā; 3 °) the ambiguity of certain terms in the āyurvedic tradition.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:Journals > Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques > Archive > 64 (2010) > 2
Dewey Decimal Classification:950 History of Asia
Language:French
Date:2010
Deposited On:10 Aug 2010 09:06
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:13
Publisher:Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft / Verlag Peter Lang
ISSN:0004-4717
Related URLs:http://www.sagw.ch/de/asiengesellschaft/publikationen/Asiatische-Studien.html (Publisher)
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