Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a fascinating and fast-changing area of medicine. This book explores the challenging issues associated with CAM in the context of the social, political and cultural influences that shape people's health. It:
- provides an overview of social change, consumption and debates arising from the increased public interest in CAM, arguing for and against different classifications
- discusses how CAM developed in a political and historical context, critically assessing the importance of ethics and values to CAM practice and how these inform what practitioners do
- analyzes the question of what people want, the changing contested nature of health, and the nature of personal and social factors associated with the use of CAM
- examines the diversity of settings in which CAM takes place
- explores the social, political and economic milieu in which CAM is provided and used.
The book is one of three core texts for the forthcoming Open University course K221 Perspectives on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (first presented in February 2005).
Table of Contents
Part 1: CAM Organisation: Safety and Standards 1. Knowledge, names, fraud and trust, Geraldine Lee-Treweek 2. Education and training in CAM, Lorraine Williams, Julie Stone and Geraldine Lee-Treweek 3. Regulation and control, Geraldine Lee Treweek 4. Political power and professionalisation, Mike Saks and Geraldine Lee-Treweek 5. Homoeopathy: principles, practice and controversies, Phil Nicholls, Geraldine Lee-Treweek and Tom Heller Part 2: Researching CAM 6. A critical look at orthodoxy medical approaches, Tom Heller, Dick Heller and Gavin Yamey 7. Understanding research, Hilary MacQueen, Sheena Murdoch and Andrew Vickers 8. Researching CAM interventions, Tom Heller 9. Evaluating CAM practice, Tom Heller, Dione Hills and Elaine Weatherly-Jones
Geraldine Lee-Treweek is Lecturer in Health Studies at the Open University, UK.