Complementary and Alternative Medicines: Knowledge in Practice

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Until recently, complementary medical knowledge hasgenerally been treated as 'marginal' or 'heterodox' knowledge. However, the rise of complementary medicine within health-care systems has signalled the end of its marginal status. With this have come concerns about how knowledge is generated within complementary therapies; what kind of authority can be accorded to such knowledge; the nature of research agendas; what ideas and skills are central to training and how they are transmitted. This book examines e ...
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Overview

Until recently, complementary medical knowledge hasgenerally been treated as 'marginal' or 'heterodox' knowledge. However, the rise of complementary medicine within health-care systems has signalled the end of its marginal status. With this have come concerns about how knowledge is generated within complementary therapies; what kind of authority can be accorded to such knowledge; the nature of research agendas; what ideas and skills are central to training and how they are transmitted. This book examines e concerns in relation to a range of healing practices; acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic, reflexology, Chi Kung, herbalism and osteopathy. The contributors to bring sociological, anthropological and practitioner perspectives to the growing debate about the future of complementary medicine.

'One of the most insightful, well researched and readable books to have emerged on a subject that has caused much controversy ever since orthodoxy took precedence over "other" forms of medical practice.' Journal of Osteopathic Education and Clinical Practice

'As a practitoner of aromatherapy I found the book provides an interesting view of the changing attitude of the medical profession to complementary therapies, of the way some therapies have developed to cope with this and the possible future for complementary medicine.' Journal of International Society of Professional Aromatherapists

"This is the kind of book within the fild of complementary medicine that stimulates the reader to consider more objectively no only complementary medicine but also "orthodox" medicine and so become a more thoughtful practitioner." British Journal of General Practice

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  • ISBN-13: 9781853433511
  • Publisher: Free Association Books Limited
  • Publication date: 11/15/1996
  • Pages: 220

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Introduction 1
1 From Quackery to Complementary Medicine: The Shifting Boundaries Between Orthodox and Unorthodox Medical Knowledge 27
2 From Charismatic Teaching to Professional Training: The Legitimation of Knowledge and the Creation of Trust in Homoeopathy and Chiropractic 44
3 The Comfrey Controversy 66
4 Considering Archival Research in One's Own Practice 87
5 Individual Knowledge: Reflexologists, Biopaths and Kinesiologists in Denmark 116
6 Alternative Medicines / Alternative Knowledges: Putting Flesh on the Bones Using Traditional Chinese Approaches to Healing 135
7 Communicating the Individual Body and the Body Politic: The Discourse on Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in Alternative Therapies 151
8 Situating Homoeopathic Knowledge: Legitimation and the Cultural Landscape 165
Final Observations 185
Index 189
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