In the Bonesetter’s Waiting Room: Travels Through Indian Medicine
By Aarathi Prasad
India defies definition and the story of medicine in India is similarly rich and complex: shaped by unique opportunities and challenges, uniting cutting-edge technological developments with antique cultural traditions, fuelled by political changes which transformed the lives of millions and moulded by the energy of powerful individuals.
Here, Aarathi Prasad investigates how Indian medicine came to be the way it is. Her travels will take her to bonesetter clinics in Hyderabad and Jaipur and the waiting-rooms of Bollywood’s best plastic surgeons and introduce her to traditional healers as well as the world-beating heart surgeon who is the revolutionising treatment of the poor around the globe.
From the asthma treatment ‘cure’ that involves swallowing a live fish, to ground-breaking mental health initiatives in Mumbai’s Dharavi mega-slum and groundbreaking neuroscience happening inside the Mughal walls of old Delhi, Indian Medicine tells the story of the Indian people, in health and in sickness and provides a unique perspective on the most fascinating and diverse country in the world. Indian Medicine will conduct a programme of Welcome Collection activity and exhibitions exploring India’s rich plurality of cultures of healing, medicine, and well-being in Indian cities in 2016.
About the Author
Aarathi Prasad is a writer and biologist. She has appeared on radio and TV programmes, including The Discovery Channel, Channel 4 and BBC Radio 4. She is the author of Like A Virgin: How Science is Redesigning the Rules of Sex. She lives in London.