Tibetan doctor anno 2003
This wonderful photograph of a Tibetan doctor from the photostream of Wellcome Images on Flickr makes it totally clear that Western boimedicine still has not conquered the world. Here medicine is still based on family traditions and a textbook from the 12th century!
The caption to the photo reads:
This photograph taken in the Tibetan Autonomous Region, China, in 2003 shows a Tibetan doctor stood [sic] on the roof of his house holding two precious medical books - one is a copy of the fundamental Tibetan medical classic Gyu Shi (‘Four Tantras’) written in the 12th century; the other is a manuscript on compounding medicines, which was composed by the members of his medical family (going back four generations) and takes into account the locally available materia medica and the knowledge the doctors of this lineage have gained through trial and error while compounding their medicines.