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The significant contribution of medicines in the introduction and spread of 'modern' medicine has, with the exception of vaccination, been neglected in historical studies, yet medicines have been a significant factor in people's experiences of sickness and in their use and non-use of health services. Although medicines are implicitly acknowledged in the literature as important in the provision of healthcare, this article uses a case study of the Mt Everest region of Nepal during the second halfdoi:10.1017/s0025727300000508 fatcat:l4zhrcvs4jgl7ovgbgsg2jznhe