Tribal Health and Medicines

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  • Author :A.K. Kalla, P.C. Joshi
  • Year of Publication :2004
  • ISBN: :9788180691393
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: XXI, 447
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Anthropology, Ayurveda and Health Sciences, Scheduled Castes and Schduled Tribes

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About the Book :

Tribes in India, who constitute 15 per cent of the geographical area and nearly 8 per cent of the population, are truly disadvantaged and marginalized population of our country. Health status of the tribal population is marked by all the negative features that one may find in morbidity and mortality. Poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition, lack of personal hygiene, unsanitary conditions and absence of health education, poor mother and child health services and poor coverage of the national preventive programmes have been found responsible for the poor health of the tribal communities. Besides poor coverage, the tribal communities have their own systems of medicines, dispensed through the medium of shamans, herbalists and witchdoctors, which also act as a barrier in healthcare programmes. Finally, some specific genetic diseases such as sickle cell anaemia, G-6-PD deficiency, etc. are largely located in the tribal hinterlands. The Government of India has implemented specific programmes for the healthcare development of the tribal communities and there have been encouraging results. However, much is required to be known in the area of tribal morbidity and traditional systems of medicines. The present work is an attempt to bring together the clinical and biogenetic aspects, on one hand, and the traditional cultural heritage in the form of traditional medical systems, on the other. The papers contributed by various experts in the fields of anthropology, clinical sciences, demography and biotechnology examine the specific context of tribal habitat in order to interpret the pattern of morbidity.

About Author :

A.K. Kalla (b.1942) is a Reader in the Department of Anthropology of the University of Delhi, and has suceeded late Prof. L.P. Vidyarthi, as President of Indian Anthropological Association (Regd.) Dr. Kalla is the author of the book "Kaahmiri Pandits and their Diversity" and about 40 research articles published in Indian are international hournals. He has directed U.G.C. sponsored research projects, and is presently directing an Indo-German research project on "Anthropological Study of Variaiton in Cranlo Spinal Fusion". Dr. Kalla was invited by the Seventh Internatonal Congress of Human Genetics (Berlin - Sept. 21-26, 1986) to present an invited paper.

P.C. Joshi B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology, Delhi University, served as Head of the Department of Anthropology in various institutions and is currently Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Delhi. Prof. P.C. Joshi is recipient of the Indira Priyadarshini Vriksha Mitra National Award as Friends of Trees founder member, 1987 and the Inter-University Centre Associateship Award in Humanities and Social Sciences, 1996-1999, Certificate of Honour at the First France-India Meet on Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, 2007, Plaque of Appreciation from Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, 2008, and Certificate of Appreciation on his research on disaster impacts in Asia and Europe by Faculty of Public Health, University of Indonesia in 2009, among other honours and distinctions.