Alternative Medicine?: A History

Alternative Medicine?: A History

by Roberta Bivins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199218870

ISBN-13: 9780199218875

Pub. Date: 02/01/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

What is 'alternative' medicine? Why is it so popular today?

And is its popularity really such a recent phenomenon?

From acupuncture in Regency England to homeopathy in the 'Wild West', Bivins unearths the roots of today's distinctions between alternative, complementary, and orthodox medicine, and shows how popular interest in medical alternatives-often of

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Overview

What is 'alternative' medicine? Why is it so popular today?

And is its popularity really such a recent phenomenon?

From acupuncture in Regency England to homeopathy in the 'Wild West', Bivins unearths the roots of today's distinctions between alternative, complementary, and orthodox medicine, and shows how popular interest in medical alternatives-often of exotic origin-is a phenomenon with a long and fascinating pedigree.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199218875
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xvi

Introduction: 'Rival System of Medicine'? 1

1 'What is this Burning?' 41

2 Health and 'The New Science' 79

3 'The Chinese Have a Great Deal of Wit' 107

4 'With Our Western Brethren, the Case Seems to be Quite Different' 135

Conclusion: Pragmatism, Pluralism, and the (Im) Patient-Consumer 171

Further Reading 201

Notes 209

Index 225

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