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Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Nursing and Midwifery
Towards a Critical Social Science

Edited By

Jon Adams


Philip Tovey

ISBN 9780415368476
Published December 12, 2007 by Routledge
196 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores the historical, social, political and cultural facets of integration between complementary and alternative medicine and nursing/midwifery. It examines the ever-expanding integration in relation to:

  • the role and conceptualization of the patient
  • the role and responsibilities of different professional healthcare providers (nurses, midwives, alternative therapists, etc)
  • the future provision and approach of nursing and midwifery practice
  • the challenges and opportunities currently facing healthcare systems as a result of integration.

This innovative book provides the first critical overview of this important field of health research. It is important reading for medical sociologists, nurses and other health professionals - as well as students in these areas - with an interest in complementary and alternative medicine.

Table of Contents

Introduction.  Part 1: The Evolution of CAM in Nursing and Midwifery  1. CAM and Nursing: Changing Boundaries  2. CAM and Contemporary Nursing Theory and Practice  Part 2: CAM Nursing/Midwifery in Intra-Professional Context  3. Grass-Roots CAM Nursing/Midwifery: Life Process and Professional Action  4. CAM and the Meaning of Nursing Care  5. Nurses in Alternative Health Care: Processes of Boundary Re-Configuration  Part 3: Inter-Professional Issues in CAM Nursing/Midwifery  6. CAM, Wellness Nursing and the ‘New Public Health’  7. Integration in Inter-Professional Context: CAM Nursing as 'Middle Ground'  8. The Common Bond between CAM and Nursing: Claiming Autonomy from the Medical Profession.  Postscript

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Jon Adams is Senior Lecturer at the School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Australia.
Philip Tovey is Reader in Health Sociology, School of Healthcare, University of Leeds, UK.