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Episode 2.1: Disease and debate


What does an ancient Sanskrit text have to tell us about reasoning about the coronavirus and debating with people about its treatment? Caraka’s Compendium, a medical treatise, gives some guidelines for when to bother debating with people, and whom we should trust with our health.

Sources & links

Online Searchable Caraka Samhita

Translation of Caraka Samhita from the episode   

Philosophy and Medicine in Classical India Project

BBC Interview with Prof. Robin Shattock, Imperial College London

The Trish Regan Show and the coronavirus 

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