Book Review of "Doctoring Traditions: Ayurveda, Small Technologies, and Braided Sciences" by Projit Bihari Mukharji (Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 2016)

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Book Review


ISIS: A Journal of the History of Science Society, Volume 108, Issue 4, p.935-936 (2016)



Doctoring Traditions offers an account of how “small” technologies such as the stethoscope, microscope, and thermometer influenced the formation of modern Ayurveda. Projit Bihari Mukharji argues that these interventions changed the conceptual ways in which the body was imagined in Ayurveda and suggests the metaphor of braiding for understanding the dynamic interaction between Western science and Ayurveda