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Alternative Medicines
Popular and Policy Perspectives

Edited By

J. Warren Salmon

ISBN 9781032279879
Published June 1, 2022 by Routledge
328 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1984, and now reissued with a new Preface, this was the first systematic and evaluative investigation of the holistic health movement – the first to put its contribution and limitations in both historical and current perspectives. The book answers two essential questions: how do alternative medicines challenge the tenets of conventional scientific medicine; and could a synthesis of these alternative medicines and scientific medicine lead to a reformulation of conceptions of healing? A historical survey of medical care up to the use of scientific medicine in the 19th and 20th Centuries is followed by chapters on different traditions of alternative medicine: homeopathy, chiropractic, non-medical and spiritual healing, oriental medicine and self-care. Each considers the historical roots and development of the particular alternative medicine; describes its principles and how they relate to mainstream medicine. The concluding chapter considers social policy implications and political issues.

Table of Contents

Introduction J. Warren Salmon 1. Scientific Medicine Since Flexner Howard S. Berliner 2. Homeopathy Harris L. Coulter 3. Chiropractic Ronald Lee Caplan 4. Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Holistic System Effie Poy Yew Chow 5. Indigenous Systems of Healing: Questions for Professional, Popular and Folk Care Arthur Kleinman 6. Psychic Healing Daniel J. Benor 7. Alternative Medicine and the Medical Encounter in Britain and the United States Rosemary C. R. Taylor 8. Holistic Health Centers in the United States James S. Gordon 9. Defining Health and Reorganizing Medicine J. Warren Salmon.

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J. Warren Salmon was Professor of Health Policy and Administration, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA. He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Hospital Administration and Health Care.


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