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In Search of the Medicine Buddha

A Himalayan Journey

David Crow

Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam:

New York, 2000

370 pp.; $24.95 (cloth)

KATHERINE RUSSELL RICH

Books on Asian medicine easily fall prey to the Exotic East problem, causing them too often to resemble those blissful magazine spreads on places like Timphur or Lahore: the details are extraordinary, but suspect in their perfection. With skill and unclouded vision, David Crow does not romanticize the complexities out of his subject, which is what makes In Search of the Medicine Buddha such an invaluable book for anyone interested in Eastern medicine.

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