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MEYER Fernand - Retired senior researcher

Emeritus senior researcher, École Pratique des Hautes Études

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His research combines tools borrowed from history, philology and anthropology to document Tibetan representations, both past and present, as well as therapeutic practices. Though centred on medical science, it also takes into account other forms of therapeutic practices such as prevention and healing rituals, along with other knowledge that is not strictly speaking medical, such as certain tantric religious traditions.

As far as the past is concerned, his research aims at pinpointing foreign heritages, especially Indian and Chinese ones, without underestimating local contributions, adaptations and reinterpretations. This history of Tibetan medicine is also contextualised, as much as the sources allow, within the broadest framework of Tibetan cultural, social and institutional history.

And lastly, thanks to anthropological fieldwork, his research also involves studying current therapeutic and medical practices in their continuity and diversity in different locations in the area of Tibetan culture in order to document and analyse rapid key transformations that have taken place under the effect of the socio-economic and cultural upheavals which have affected the Tibetan world over the last fifty years.


- Tibetology
- medicine
- therapeutics
- history
- philology,
- anthropology


- Tibet
- Nepal
Video (in French) : Fernand Meyer, un médecin au Népal (Fernand Meyer : a doctor in Nepal)


Liste des publications dans HAL

Selective bibliography

Gso-ba rig-pa, le système médical tibétain, Paris, Éditions du CNRS, 1981. Re-edited several times.

In collaboration with Yuri Parfionovitch and Gyurme Dorje, Tibetan Medical Paintings, London, Serindia Publications, 1992, 2 vols.

Italian translation : Antica medicina tibetana. Tavole miniate del Berillo azzurro di Sangye Gyamtso (XVII sec.), Modena, Zanfi Editori, 1994.

German translation : Klassische tibetische Medizin. Illustrationen zur Abhandlung Blauer Beryll von Sangye Gyamtso (1653-1705), Bern, 1996.

"Introduction" and "Tibetan Medicine", in Jan van Alphen & Athony Aris, Oriental Medicine : An Illustrated Guide to the Asian Arts of Healing, London, Serindia Publications, 1995.

Complete list of publications

Voir en ligne : Bibliographie / Publications