Michele Mittelman, RN, MPH, is one of the editors of Global Advances in Health and Medicine. Patrick Hanaway, MD, is the cofounder of Family to Family, Asheville, North Carolina; the chief medical officer of Genova Diagnostics, Asheville; and past president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine.
GLOBAL ADVANCES IN HEALTH AND MEDICINE This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. To request permission to use this work for commercial purposes, please visit www.copyright.com. Use ISSN#2164-9561. To subscribe, visit www.gahmj.com. EDITORIAL Globalization of Healthcare Michele Mittelman, RN, MPH; Patrick Hanaway, MD G lobalization—the increasing transnational circu- Asia, when on the recommendation of his Chinese and Author Affiliations Michele Mittelman, lation of money, goods, people, ideas, and infor- Nepalese wives, the founder of the Tibetan Empire, RN, MPH, is one of mation worldwide—is generally recognized as King Songtsen Gampo (605-650), convened the first the editors of Global one of the most powerful forces shaping our current and recorded international medical conference. He invited Advances in Health future history. How is it affecting healthcare, and in that physicians from China, Nepal, India, Kashmir, and and Medicine. Patrick Hanaway, MD, is the context, what is the purpose and significance of Global Persia (Iran) to traverse the Silk Road to the Tibetan cofounder of Family to Advances in Health and Medicine (GAHM), publisher of Plateau, the “Roof of the World,” and to bring with Family, Asheville, North this journal? Our goal is not homogenization but rather them medical texts from their various traditions to be Carolina; the chief to provide an opportunity for integration, convergence, translated into Tibetan for syncretistic study.1 medical officer of Genova Diagnostics, Asheville; and collaboration across cultures. By respecting and This initial foray into multinational healthcare and past president of conserving the richness and diversity of each new medi- was so successful that subsequent 8th-century King the American Board of cine, we embrace globalization. Trisong-Detson (Gampo’s descendant) organized a sec- Integrative Holistic Medicine. Globalization is of course not new; it began in the ond multicultural medical conference. Physicians Renaissance and particularly with the 15th- and 16th- were invited from China, Nepal, India, Kashmir, Persia, Correspondence century voyages of exploration by Columbus, and the Turkic regions of central Asia (including what Michele Mittelman, RN, MPH Magellan, and others. Since the beginning of time, is now Afghanistan) to a second multicultural medical email@example.com there have been interactions and exchanges among dif- conference. Again, each attendant was obliged to pro- ferent peoples and cultures. However, the current vide at least one medical text for translation and dis- Citation magnitude of globalization is unprecedented and yet cussion.1 The proceedings were synthesized in a single Global Adv Health Med. 2012;1(2):5-7. still expanding rapidly. Fueled by advancement in tele- great book, the Gyu-zhi (“The Four Medical Tantras”), communication technologies and incentivized by which became the foundation of all subsequent Key Words immense economic rewards, this multinational devel- Tibetan Buddhist medicine and is still studied today. Globalization, medicine, opment informs innovation in nearly every society on Interesting to note, in 2008 and 2011, the Men-Tsee- healthcare, convergence, Chinese, Japanese, the planet. Economically, national boundaries are dis- Khang, the Tibetan Medical Astrological Institute Tibetan, Ayurveda, solving to give way to single global markets for labor, whose purpose is to preserve and promote Tibetan traditional, holistic manufacturing, finance, and service. Now taken to be a Medicine, published the first English translation of the “given” at the strategic level in every major field of first 3 tantras of the Gyu-zhi. Tibetan medicine has endeavor, the international exchange of ideas poses become globalized, and as a result, local practices of operative questions that concern not whether or why
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