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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 744-745
Past oral care for management of public health crisis: A history analysis of ancient historical Thai case


Surindra Rajabhat University, Surin, Thailand

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How to cite this article:
Wiwanitkit V. Past oral care for management of public health crisis: A history analysis of ancient historical Thai case. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:744-5

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Wiwanitkit V. Past oral care for management of public health crisis: A history analysis of ancient historical Thai case. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2017 [cited 2019 Nov 18];10:744-5. Available from: http://www.atmph.org/text.asp?2017/10/3/744/213129


The past oral care is the way that can be helpful. On the basis of spiritual care concept, using of religious-based past oral care can be a useful and effective tool in management of medical problem.[1],[2],[3] Here, the author reports the evidence of past oral care practice in the history of Thailand. The use of the past oral care practice to manage the public health crisis, large outbreak of cholera in the past2 centuries can be seen in the historical literature. The direct quote is shown in [Table 1] (http://emuseum.treasury.go.th/articles-en/721-commemorative-coins-to-celebrate-the-successful-treatment-of-cholera-as-the-turning-point-in-the-history-of-medicine-and-the-public-health-service-in-the-siamese-kingdom.html). Indeed, in the public health crisis, “fear” becomes the big issue to be managed. Using religious-based past oral care can be a good tool. In fact, “the importance of sociocultural mediation in pastoral responses” is confirmed.[4] Focusing on public health crisis, the report on “Catholic pastoral care as a response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Southern Africa” is a good example.[4] Focusing on medical history, the evidences of past oral care usefulness can be seen in several cases. The most well-known case is seen in a very ancient Jewish literature “Bikkur Holim.”[5]
Table 1: Quoted evidences in the literature from a famous temple in Bangkok, Thailand (Wat Saket, Golden Pagoda temple)

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1.
Neth C, Seven days. J Pastoral Care Counsel 2010 Spring;64 9:1-3.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
Chan C, Ho PS, Chow E. A body-mind-spirit model in health: an Eastern approach. Soc Work Health Care 2001;34:261-82.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.
Monnett M. Developing a Buddhist approach to pastoral care: a peacemaker's view. J Pastoral Care Counsel 2005;59:57-61.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Bate SC. Catholic pastoral care as a response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Southern Africa. J Pastoral Care Counsel 2003;57:197-09.  Back to cited text no. 4
    
5.
Sheer C, Bikkur Holim: the origins of Jewish pastoral care.J Health Care Chaplain 2008;15:99-13.  Back to cited text no. 5
    

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Correspondence Address:
Viroj Wiwanitkit
Surindra Rajabhat University, Pub Health Curriculum Surin
Thailand
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.213129

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