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Well-Mannered Medicine: Medical Ethics and Etiquette in Classical Ayurveda

Dagmar Wujastyk


When is it right for a doctor to lie to a patient? What is more important: a patient's health, or his dignity? When should a patient refuse to follow the doctor's orders? What is acceptable medical risk? Whose fault is it if a patient dies under a doctor's care? Who cares for the patient? And who pays the bill? About two thousand years ago, physicians in ancient India could find answers to these questions in the then new, and now classic ayurvedic textbooks. Held in great respect, and used for ayurvedic training even today, the early ayurvedic treatises offer many guidelines on good medical p ... More

Keywords: Ayurveda, medicine, medical ethics, medical etiquette, moral discourse, Sanskrit, ancient India, professional conduct, doctor-patient relationship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199856268
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856268.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dagmar Wujastyk, author
Bonn University