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Publication Title: 
Journal of Ethnopharmacology

ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India (API) is a unique book of standards describing the quality, purity and strength of selected drugs that are manufactured, distributed, and sold by the licensed manufacturers in pan India. It is developed in two parts; the part one comprises of mono-monographs of medicinal substances of natural origin and part two includes selected compound formulations sourced from the schedule - I books under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 comprising of popular Ayurvedic classics of different period of times.

Author(s): 
Joshi, Vinod Kumar
Joshi, Apurva
Dhiman, Kartar Singh
Publication Title: 
Bulletin of the Medical Library Association
Author(s): 
Shelley, H. S.
Teloh, M. H.
Publication Title: 
Arquivos De Neuro-Psiquiatria

Hysteria conceptions, from ancient Egypt until the 19th century Parisian hospital based studies, are presented from gynaecological and demonological theories to neurological ones. The hysteria protean behavioral disorders based on nervous origin was proposed at the beginning, mainly in Great Britain, by the "enlightenment nerve doctors". The following personages are highlighted: Galen, William, Sydenham, Cullen, Briquet, and Charcot with his School.

Author(s): 
Mota Gomes, Marleide da
Engelhardt, Eliasz
Publication Title: 
Dynamis (Granada, Spain)

The development of philosophical medicine in the high and late Middle Ages brought with it a powerful association of medical knowledge with the written word. To possess books, or at least to have access to books, was both a prerequisite for and a symbol of the kind of theoretical learning that distinguished the learned practitioner from the empiric. This study examines evidence for women's access to medical books, raising the question of what difference gender made. I argue that, for the most part, women did not own medical books, whether they were laywomen or religious.

Author(s): 
Green, M. H.
Publication Title: 
Community Health Studies

A content analysis was carried out on obstetric and gynaecological textbooks recommended for medical students at four Australian universities. The texts were read for a hidden curriculum of sexist ideology. This study is a partial replication of a study carried out by Scully and Bart in the United States eighteen years ago. The findings of Scully and Bart demonstrated that obstetric and gynaecological texts contained outdated and erroneous views about women's sexuality and portrayed women in stereotyped roles.

Author(s): 
Koutroulis, G.
Publication Title: 
Bulletin of the Indian Institute of History of Medicine (Hyderabad)

This work reviews the contents of an Ayurvedic treatise "Sri Ranbira Cikitsa Sudha Sāra" authored by Kaviraj Neel Kanth in the year 1931 of Vikrami, in 'Takari' script, the official script during the reign of his highness Maharaja Ranbir Singh of Jammu and Kashmir. A copy of the book is presently available with Raghunath Sanskrit Library, Jammu in torn condition. This is a humble effort by the authors for the exploration of hidden and old Ayurvedic literature of Jammu and Kashmir.

Author(s): 
Kumar, A.
Singh, G.
Kumar, N.
Publication Title: 
Archives of Internal Medicine

BACKGROUND: Chronic low back pain is a common problem lacking highly effective treatment options. Small trials suggest that yoga may have benefits for this condition. This trial was designed to determine whether yoga is more effective than conventional stretching exercises or a self-care book for primary care patients with chronic low back pain. METHODS: A total of 228 adults with chronic low back pain were randomized to 12 weekly classes of yoga (92 patients) or conventional stretching exercises (91 patients) or a self-care book (45 patients).

Author(s): 
Sherman, Karen J.
Cherkin, Daniel C.
Wellman, Robert D.
Cook, Andrea J.
Hawkes, Rene J.
Delaney, Kristin
Deyo, Richard A.
Publication Title: 
Social Science & Medicine (1982)

This paper examines mindfulness as a popular and paradigmatic alternative healing practice within the context of contemporary medicalization trends. In recognition of the increasingly influential role popular media play in shaping ideas about illness and healing, what follows is a discursive analysis of bestselling mindfulness meditation self-help books and audio recordings by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The central and contradictory elements of this do-it-yourself healing practice as presented in these materials are best understood as aligned with medicalization trends for three principal reasons.

Author(s): 
Barker, Kristin K.
Publication Title: 
Archives of Internal Medicine

BACKGROUND: Chronic low back pain is a common problem lacking highly effective treatment options. Small trials suggest that yoga may have benefits for this condition. This trial was designed to determine whether yoga is more effective than conventional stretching exercises or a self-care book for primary care patients with chronic low back pain. METHODS: A total of 228 adults with chronic low back pain were randomized to 12 weekly classes of yoga (92 patients) or conventional stretching exercises (91 patients) or a self-care book (45 patients).

Author(s): 
Sherman, Karen J.
Cherkin, Daniel C.
Wellman, Robert D.
Cook, Andrea J.
Hawkes, Rene J.
Delaney, Kristin
Deyo, Richard A.
Publication Title: 
Chiropractic History: The Archives and Journal of the Association for the History of Chiropractic

Bonesetting, Chiropractic and Cultism, a controversial critique on chiropractic written by a chiropractor and published in 1963, was initially ignored by the chiropractic profession. In recent years, however, there has been renewed interest in the book, and it has received favorable reviews thirty years after its publication.

Author(s): 
Homola, S.

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