Book Review: Yeshi Dhonden's Health Through Balance

The following article is from the Spring, 1987 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

By Elisabeth Finckh, M.D.

Dr. Yeshi Donden, the most gifted Tibetan doctor in exile, was entrusted by H.H. the Dalai Lama in 1961 with the task of building the Medical School in Dharamsala. I have been an eye witness: Dr. Yeshi Dondenwith his excellent scientific education-was my teacher and Mr. Gyatsho Tshering my intelligent interpreter when I visited this Medical School in 1962 to study Tibetan medicine. Therefore I have seen the immense difficulties to establish the Medical School and the hospital.

During these years there was no time to write books; the doctors had to take care of the many patients. Thus it is a great joy to read now the book of my teacher. The translator and editor Prof. Jeffrey Hopkins is a guarantor for the scientific character of this book. The contents are: The Body, Diagnosis, Treatment and Selected Topics. The book is a clear and scientific synopsis of Tibetan medicine. The questions between the chapters animate the difficult theme. The Selected Topics are of a great vividness. Dr. Yeshe Donden is not only an excellent teacher; with his book he has pointed out his ability to represent Tibetan medicine in an effective manner. . . It is advisable that everybody interested in Tibetan medicine should read this remarkable book.

Health Through Balance is available from Snow Lion.

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