Dinges Martin

Medical pluralism in Europe and India: Concept, historical background, perspectives

dingesProf. Dr. Martin Dinges
researcher, archivist,
Deputy Director of the Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation Stuttgart,
Adjunct Professor at the University of Mannheim
Stuttgart, Germany

Medical Pluralism is a widely used concept stemming from observations of Asian medical markets. Recently it has also been used more and more to describe actual medical markets in Europe. In this talk I shall present some clues to a systematic comparison of different types of medical pluralism in Europe and India. The different historical pathways to medical pluralism created different outcomes of pluralism and different positions of homeopaths inside these frameworks. A better understanding of these backgrounds could allow insights into the actual perspectives for further development.

Studied Jurisprudence, History and Political Science in Cologne, Mainz, Bonn, Berlin (Free University) and Bordeaux, doctorate (Dr. phil., 1986), second state examination for archivists (1991), Habilitation [advanced research degree] in Modern History at the University of Mannheim (1992). Author and editor on many publications on the global history of homeopathy; most recently of Samuel Hahnemanns Briefe an Patienten und die Mei├čner-Serie (ed.), Essen 2016 and Medical Pluralism and Homoeopathy in India and Germany (1810-2010) (ed.) Stuttgart 2014