Medicines in Malay Villages

ROLAND WERNER (b. 1925 – ) holds degrees in both Medicine and Dentistry, namely DDS, 1949; MD, 1951; DTM&H, 1956 and MB, BS and EDS. He qualified as an Oral-Maxillo-Facial Surgeon and as an Otorhinolaryngology Specialist in 1963. During the period 1956 and 1973, Werner worked and researched at University Airlangga, Surabaja, Java, Indonesia, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, University Baghdad, Iraq and the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. During the period 1973-88, he held the appointment of Chief Medical Director at the Ministry of Health, Bremen, Germany, and was responsible for Teaching Hospitals and medical aid to developing countries. He was also associated with the University of Bremen for lectures about Transcultural Healing Systems of the World. In 1978, Werner was made an Honorary Member of Traditional Malay Healers. Besides his specialist work at various universities overseas, Werner has spent 35 years of research work on the subject of Traditional Healing Systems of the World in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Oceania. The author of a monograph and co-author of two medical handbooks, he has also published seven books on Traditional Transcultural Healing Systems. He has also contributed over 150 articles to scientific journals and is the holder of four medical patents. In 1991, Werner initiated the project: “CULTURE OP HEALING/ PRESERVATION OF CULTURE AND RECORDING Of TRADITIONS.”

University of Malaya Press (2002)
437 pages

Culture of Healing in Malaysia: Preservation of Culture and Recording of Traditions
MALAY Culture of Healing Series



Medicines in Malay Villages is to be considered a “supplement” to Volume 1 in the Culture of Healing in Malaysia Series: Malay-Culture of Healing Sub-Series, that is Royal Healer: The Legacy of Nik Abdul Rahman bin Hj. Nik Dir of Kelantan because both volumes deal with the same botanical and therapeutic topics but from a different perspective.

Many decades ago, during the colonial period, studies were undertaken to analyse a grant number of then known herbs and plants and to assess their value in curing and healing in Malay villages. Since that time, scientific progress and changes in the Malay language have made it essential to bring these early studies up to date by providing the latest botanical and linguistic data on the medicinal plants of the country.

These two volumes, known as The Medical Book of Malayan Medicine by J. D. Gimlette and I. H. Burkill and Malay Village Medicine by I. H. Burkill and Mohammad Haniff, bring together comprehensive documentation on the Traditional, Holistic, Malay Healing System in our time which not only supplies knowledge that will be most useful for further research but, first and foremost, will be for the benefit of the suffering.

In connection with the preparation of the author’s book on Royal Healer: The Legacy of Nik Abdul Rahman bin Hi. Nik Dir of Kelantan, the publisher considers it as most useful to reprint both articles as a special volume of the Culture of Healing in Malaysia Series Malay Culture of Healing Sub-Series (Vol. II) in order to provide a “companion” to Vol. I as both volumes could serve as a comprehensive contribution to the Malay healing system with an approach from the different perspectives.

With regard to the text of Vol. II, a linguistic update has been made in accordance with modern standards of Malay writing and spelling.

In addition, “Comment by a Botanist” have been included in Medicines in Malay Villages. This appeared necessary in view of the fact that the original manuscript of Vol. II, now 68 years old, raised a number of questions related to matters of botany that have since been settled. Nevertheless, there were still a number of botanical issues which have now been evaluated and clarified scientifically.

Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 26.5 × 19.4 × 3.5 cm




9789831000090, 9789831000106



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