Pluralistic medical system in Xinjiang and the Uyghur ethnic identhity

I am not entirely sure what this is or where it was published, but apparently it is a paper by Shojiro Fujiyama from Fukuoka Prefectural University. [Link] The abstract begins:

“This paper focuses on the manner in which the Uyghur people in Hotan—southern district of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China—think and act when confronted with an illness. With deprived economic situations and complicated ethnic relations as well as the pluralistic medical system, which therapeutic alternative medicine do the Uyghur people chose? Moreover, what are the important factors that influence their choice?” 

…and the contents include a brief/limited explanation of Uyghur medicine, its history and present status, the validation of Uyghur medicine through Western medicine (focusing on a conference in Urumqi where “approximately 300 papers” were presented), a case study at a private Uyghur medical hospital, a case study of a private hospital offering Uyghur medicine, case studies of patients in Hotan, a bit on modern European medicine, family planning, hospitals in Hotan that use European/”Han” medicine and family planning practices, and medical insurance systems.

It concludes with:

Medical issues have become more important than ever before for the Uyghur people. Uyghur medicine is systematically approved and is developing into an accepted alternative medicine to compliment those medical issues in which European medicine is weak. Moreover, the number of private Uyghur hospitals has also increased. These hospitals provide medicine for the Uyghur people and employment opportunities, which are scarce.

With the Reforming and Opening policy, the number of private hospitals practicing European medicine has also increased and witnessed economic expansion. However, the extent to which the Uyghur people receive benefits is questionable. For instance, being admitted to these hospitals requires having a large amount of money in advance. In Hotan, a clean and private hospital practicing European medicine has been constructed; however, many farmers are unable to visit such hospitals.

Again, although interesting, it does not cite any of its sources, nor can I find much about methodology, funding, or publication. I assumed it was a thesis but again, no references.


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