The History of American Homeopathy: From Rational Medicine to Holistic Health Care [NOOK Book]

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Although scorned in the early 1900s and publicly condemned by Abraham Flexner and the American Medical Association, the practice of homeopathy did not disappear. Instead, it evolved with the emergence of holistic healing and Eastern philosophy in the United States and today is a form of alternative medicine practiced by more than 100,000 physicians worldwide and used by millions of people to treat everyday ailments as well as acute and chronic diseases.

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Overview


Although scorned in the early 1900s and publicly condemned by Abraham Flexner and the American Medical Association, the practice of homeopathy did not disappear. Instead, it evolved with the emergence of holistic healing and Eastern philosophy in the United States and today is a form of alternative medicine practiced by more than 100,000 physicians worldwide and used by millions of people to treat everyday ailments as well as acute and chronic diseases.

The History of American Homeopathy traces the rise of lay practitioners in shaping homeopathy as a healing system and its relationship to other forms of complementary and alternative medicine in an age when conventional biomedicine remains the dominant form. Representing the most current and up-to-date history of American homeopathy, readers will benefit from John S. Haller Jr.'s comprehensive explanation of complementary medicine within the American social, scientific, religious, and philosophic traditions.

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Editorial Reviews

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Haller takes readers on a historical journey involving American homeopathy as it traversed the political, professional, scientific, and cultural landscape from the late-19th century to the beginning of the 21st century. Experts and novices to American homeopathy will find this book to be comprehensive, objective, informative, and engaging. Recommended.
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
A key achievement of this intriguing book is in capturing the shifting and diverse nature of homeopathy itself, which Haller depicts as having developed from an empirical science to a religious belief system. Haller encompasses the complexity of the development of homeopathy within a cogent narrative.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813551180
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 8/19/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • File size: 306 KB

Meet the Author


JOHN S. HALLER JR. is a professor emeritus of history and medical humanities at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and the author of several books, among them The History of American Homeopathy: The Academic Years, 1820–1935.

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Table of Contents


Introduction
Chapter 1: The Decline of Academic Homeopathy
Chapter 2: Esoteric Homeopathy
Chapter 3: The Laity Speaks Out
Chapter 4: Postwar Trends
Chapter 5: Roads Taken and Not Taken
Chapter 6: Whither the Future?
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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