Jivaka: the child who healed

Publication Type:

Book

Source:

Vitasta Publishing Pvt Ltd, New Delhi (2013)

URL:

http://eprints.nias.res.in/409/

Abstract:

Jivaka's fifteen-year-old mother, Vatsayani, seduces the scholar sage Richika to father her child. The child becomes a disciple of Kashyapa, who is a renowned healer of children. To prove his merit, the five-year-old Jivaka is forced by veterans to enter the River Ganges. Jivaka emerges from the water as a great healer himself. The story connects seamlessly to a modern-day Jivaka who is training to be a paediatrician. The novel attempts to bring to life childcare in ancient India-developed around the Kashyapa Samhita, the only text of Ayurvedic paediatric medicine in existence today.

Notes:

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