I believe the first person to use the term dis-ease was Swami Satchidananda in the late 1960s. As a naturopathic doctor who moved to the U.S. from India in 1966, he brought a yoga therapy approach to studying the root causes of illness. Thus, he brought early attention in the U.S. and Europe to the stress-related aspects of disease symptomology as a key focus of his teaching, writing, and lecturing. Perhaps, he learned this concept from his teacher, Swami Sivananda, a medical doctor, whose discourses on health and yoga in Rishikesh, North India, were attended by thousands.
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Professor of Social and Medical Anthropology, University of Edinburgh
20 May 2014
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