Healing by Hand: Manual Medicine and Bonesetting in Global Perspective

Healing by Hand: Manual Medicine and Bonesetting in Global Perspective

by Kathryn S. Oths, Servando Z. Hinojosa
     
 

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Healing by Hand presents the first cross-cultural perspective on manual medicine studies—the practice of body therapists that is routinely overlooked by medical practitioners and social scientists. The authors describe how manual medicine is one of the primary providers of 'traditional' medicine. It takes numerous forms across the world's communities, and… See more details below

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Healing by Hand presents the first cross-cultural perspective on manual medicine studies—the practice of body therapists that is routinely overlooked by medical practitioners and social scientists. The authors describe how manual medicine is one of the primary providers of 'traditional' medicine. It takes numerous forms across the world's communities, and represents beliefs and practices about healing, physical and psychological states, and the relation between culture and health. This volume is a valuable resource for manual practitioners of western medicine, including massage therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, and osteopaths, as well as those with traditional training. It is especially recommended for courses such as medical anthropology, health and human culture, technology and the developing world, sociology of health, international health, and health care systems.

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The Journal Of Manual and Manipulative Therapy
This unique book succeeds in providing a diverse account of manual medicine in a global perspecitve. It is a big step away from the normal manual medicine texts discussing rationale, techniques, and outcomes that one might read. . . . The essays in this book are all well written, and the book provides a good and informative read for the manual medicine clinician interested in the history, diversity, and societal role of manual medicine in different parts of the world.
Jack Coulehan
Make no bones about it, Healing by Hand is a fine collection of scholarly essays on history, practice, and cultural manifestations of manual medicine. Healing by hand is an ancient practice that has evolved into a wide variety of clinical techniques, all of which are based on mobilizing the body's own recuperative powers. In this volume Oths and Hinojosa have collected 13 'deep probes' into many different traditions of manual medicine, ranging from Balinese and Mayan bonesetting to contemporary chiropractic and bodywork. Given the enormous growth of interest in manual healing in recent decades, this is precisely the right time for scholarly investigation of manual therapy, culture, and healing. Healing by Hand will be an excellent resource in the fields of medical anthropology, cultural studies in health care, and international health. Likewise, the book will open fascinating new perspectives to clinical practitioners of healing by hand.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759115286
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
10/17/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
7 MB

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