Title

Medicine as Balance: A Fusion of Traditional and Biomedical Children’s Healthcare in Bali

Presenter

Lily Monsey

Abstract

Why are mothers choosing to integrate traditional herbal medicines with increasingly prevalent biomedicines in rural regions of Bali? Why do traditional medicines endure given the increased availability of biomedicine? I explore how Balinese mothers consider and choose traditional and biomedical forms of healthcare for their young children. I use examples from traditional Balinese philosophy, current forms of government-sponsored biomedical healthcare and medical anthropological theory as lenses through which to examine why parents choose different types of medicines for their sick children. I examine how traditional and biomedicines are being merged to create an inclusive, integrative form of pediatric healthcare.

Faculty Sponsor

Suzanne Morrissey

Sponsor Department/Programs

Anthropology

Tracks

Health, Education and Ecology

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Location

Science 159

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Research Funding Source or OCS Program

SIT Study Abroad

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Medicine as Balance: A Fusion of Traditional and Biomedical Children’s Healthcare in Bali

Science 159

Why are mothers choosing to integrate traditional herbal medicines with increasingly prevalent biomedicines in rural regions of Bali? Why do traditional medicines endure given the increased availability of biomedicine? I explore how Balinese mothers consider and choose traditional and biomedical forms of healthcare for their young children. I use examples from traditional Balinese philosophy, current forms of government-sponsored biomedical healthcare and medical anthropological theory as lenses through which to examine why parents choose different types of medicines for their sick children. I examine how traditional and biomedicines are being merged to create an inclusive, integrative form of pediatric healthcare.

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