‘Re- Imagining Indigenous Medical Traditions in Travancore’ is a research endeavour to comprehend and map the fundamental premises on which the Indian system of Medicine was anchored. The Indian System of Medicine had been all encompassing and Universal in its philosophical precepts and practices not withstanding its regional particularities. The myriad facets of the discipline have transcended boundaries of geography and human intellect weaving a syncretic and synthetic tapestry of medical knowledge and service. The Kerala medical tradition that forms an integral part of the larger Indian medical lore has centuries of unbroken continuity.
The totality of Kerala’s indigenous medical tradition is an amalgamation of medical wisdom underscored by an intimate interaction with Ashtavaidya, Aryavaidya, Folk, Tribal, etc.,consummating in a novel synthesis. These medical traditions functioned in Travancore as an
interconnected and mutually complementing system of knowledge. The research effort re- imagining the germane theme moves on to conceptualize the process of evolution of a synthesized product of indigenous medicine in Kerala with particular reference to
About the Author
Dr.Vysakh.A.S is currently an Assistant Professor, Post Graduate Department of History, Sree Narayana College, Kollam, affiliated to the University of Kerala. He is the recipient of several academic awards – Prof.M.P.Paul State Award+, Mathrubhumi –Bhima Award, S.Govinda Menon Gold Medal, Prof.PC Menon Gold Medal, K.P.Gopala Menon Prize for History, Prof. A.Sreedhara Menon Suvarna Keralam Award,Prof. K.K.Kusuman Endowment Award etc.He is First Rank holder for his Graduation and Post- graduation. He has to his credit several research papers published in international and national journals and has presented papers in national and international academic platforms He has also authored the book “Perspectives in Medical History:Select Readings on Indigenous Medical Systems in Travancore”.His fields of research includes History of Medicine, Indian History, Kerala History and Archaeology.