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Elkington, Bethany G. [1], Sydara, Kongmany [2], Hartmann, John F. [3], Southavong, Bounhong [2], Soejarto, Dr. Djaja D. [4].

Epidemiology from Palm Leaf Manuscripts of Laos.

In an effort to preserve traditional medicine knowledge and to uncover information about disease patterns and treatment in the Lao People's Democratic Republic, linguistic experts have searched centuries-old medical records incised on palm leaf manuscripts. A list of more than 7000 records has resulted, mostly from Buddhist monasteries, covering folk categories of diseases, symptoms and remedies. The records shed light on the medical history and traditional medicine heritage and folk beliefs of the people of Laos.

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1 - University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, 833 South Wood Street (M/C 781), Chicago, IL, 60615, USA
2 - Institute of Traditional Medicine, Ministry of Health, Ban Phonpapao, Vientiane, Laos
3 - Northern Illinois University, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Watson Hall 314, DeKalb, IL, 60115, USA
4 -

none specified

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: 49
Location: Maryland Room/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Time: 2:00 PM
Number: 49003
Abstract ID:403

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