Edgar Morin


Western medicine, as taught in universities and practiced in hospitals, has circulated all over the world, largely ignoring the plurality of other medicines linked to traditional practices and knowledge, or labelling them as “superstitions”. These other medicines - Western and imported from other cultures -  continue to exist and increasingly coexist in Western medical systems themselves, taking profit of their very limits and deficiencies. This paradox is due largely to the hyper-specialization of Western medicine, which inhibits communication between its different disciplines and between Western medicine and other medicines. Morin argues for the development of conceptual tools to permit a capacity for networking and articulation among different knowledges which, in turn, requires reforming education and thought.


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Traditional medicine; Interdisciplinary approach

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