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Well-Mannered MedicineMedical Ethics and Etiquette in Classical Ayurveda$
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Dagmar Wujastyk

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199856268

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856268.001.0001

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On Becoming a Physician

On Becoming a Physician

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Well-Mannered Medicine

Dagmar Wujastyk

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes ayurvedic education, beginning with the criteria for a medical student's eligibility and his ethical duties as a student. It discusses the relationship between teacher and student, and explores the formal procedures of initiation into medical studies and graduation from them. An examination of the ayurvedic physician's code of ethics as part of the initiation process and its meaning for medical practice and the physician's status in society follows. The chapter also discusses the position of ayurvedic ethics within a wider South Asian context, drawing comparisons with rules and moral concepts from Buddhist and brahmanical (i.e., orthodox Hindu) literature.

Keywords:   medical training, ayurvedic education, initiation, code of ethics, teacher-student relationship, doctor-patient relationship, Hindu ethics, Buddhist ethics

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