Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion / Edition 1

Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion / Edition 1

by Michael H. Cohen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807859621

ISBN-13: 9780807859629

Pub. Date: 02/01/2009

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

One of the transformations facing health care in the twenty-first century is the safe, effective, and appropriate integration of conventional, or biomedical, care with complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies, such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, herbal medicine, and spiritual healing. In Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and

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One of the transformations facing health care in the twenty-first century is the safe, effective, and appropriate integration of conventional, or biomedical, care with complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies, such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, herbal medicine, and spiritual healing. In Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion, Michael H. Cohen discusses the need for establishing rules and standards to facilitate appropriate integration of conventional and CAM therapies.

The kind of integrated health care many patients seek dwells in a borderland between the physical and the spiritual, between the quantifiable and the immeasurable, Cohen observes. But the present environment fails to present clear rules for clinicians regarding which therapies to recommend, accept, or discourage, and how to discuss patient requests regarding inclusion of such therapies. Focusing on the social, intellectual, and spiritual dimensions of integrative care and grounding his analysis in the attendant legal, regulatory, and institutional changes, Cohen provides a multidisciplinary examination of the shift to a more fluid, pluralistic health care environment.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807859629
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/01/2009
Series:
Studies in Social Medicine Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Negotiating the New Health Care 19

Chapter 2 Regulating Health Care Rogues 49

Chapter 3 Regulation, Religious Experience, and Epilepsy 65

Chapter 4 Healing, Environment, and Ecology 73

Chapter 5 Renewing the Matrix of Health and Healing 99

Chapter 6 Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion 111

Epilogue Toward the Future 153

Appendix A State of the Evidence Regarding Complementary Therapies 163

Appendix B Key Arenas of Legal and Policy Intervention 165

Notes 169

Bibiliography 211

Index 225

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