1 Institut for Antropologi, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Københavns Universitet2 Institut for Antropologi, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Københavns Universitet
On the Making of a National Medicine in Vietnam
This article examines the making of a national medicine in Vietnam. How can it be that the medical traditions in Vietnam came to be described as Vietnamese during the course of the twentieth century? In this article, I suggest that historical contingencies in Vietnam have facilitated what might be thought of as a “doctrine of combination,” somewhat in contrast to the institutionalized and contentious separation of, for example, Chinese and Korean medicine from modern medicine. In particular, I show how when it came to traditional medicine, Hồ Chı´ Minh and the people around him responsible for health-care-related issues were on the “offensive” from the very outset of their nation-building efforts.
East Asian Science, Technology and Society, 2014, Vol 8, Issue 1, p. 43-56