This comparative text examines the rise of non-orthodox medicine and theorizes the changing nature of health care in modern societies. It engages with sociological debates on modernity and postmodernity, anthropological work.
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Chapter 1 A new medical pluralism?; Chapter 2 The nature of user demand: from patient to consumer?; Chapter 3 From “alternative” to “complementary”: revival and transformation; Chapter 4 Biomedical responses to alternative medicine; Chapter 5 Government responses: the refiguring of expertise; Chapter 6 Collaboration between doctors and alternative therapists: integration or medical dominance?; Chapter 7 Conclusion: do we have a new medical pluralism?;