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Published in Ecological and Environmental Anthropology Vol. 1, No. 1, 2005. Copyright © 2005 Watkins. Used by permission. Online at http://eea.anthro.uga.edu/index.php/eea/index


“The Knowledge of Healing” is the name of ancient documents passed down to Tibetan medical practitioners and it is also the name of a film documenting this practice and its influences around the globe. In the 17th century botanical knowledge along with knowledge and theories regarding anatomy, physiology and illness were collected and transcribed into documents that serve as a reference for Tibetan medical practitioners in the film. It is remarkable that eighteen of the illnesses covered in the documents are diseases of the future and due to ‘the environments of the future’.