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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 254-258

Physicians of ancient India


Ross Clinics, Gurgaon, Haryana, India

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Anu Saini
Ross Clinics, Shop 247, The Sapphire Market, Sector 49, Sohna Road, Gurgaon - 122 018, Haryana
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.192322

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A survey of Indian medical historiography will reveal no dearth of work on the systems of medicine and medical literature of ancient India. However, the people who were responsible for the healing have not received much attention. This article traces the evolution of the physician as a professional in ancient India. This article reviews the secondary literature on healing and medical practice in India, specifically pertaining to the individual medical practitioner, drawing from varied sources. The healers of ancient India hailed from different castes and classes. They were well-respected and enjoyed state patronage. They were held to the highest ethical standards of the day and were bound by a strict code of conduct. They underwent rigorous training in both medicine and surgery. Most physicians were multi-skilled generalists, and expected to be skilled in elocution and debate. They were reasonably well-off financially. The paper also briefly traces the evolution of medicinal ideas in ancient India.


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