Magic or Medicine?: An Investigation of Healing and Healers / Edition 1

Magic or Medicine?: An Investigation of Healing and Healers / Edition 1

by Robert Buckman, Karl Sabbagh, Karl Sabbagh
     
 

Modern medicine is one of the most successful branches of science, with a distinguished history of conquering many of the twentieth century's deadliest diseases. Yet today people are turning in record numbers to alternative therapies that have little or no scientific basis. What accounts for this flight from reason in the face of hard evidence that medical doctors

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Overview

Modern medicine is one of the most successful branches of science, with a distinguished history of conquering many of the twentieth century's deadliest diseases. Yet today people are turning in record numbers to alternative therapies that have little or no scientific basis. What accounts for this flight from reason in the face of hard evidence that medical doctors do a better job of treating disease and alleviating suffering than their alternative counterparts?
In Magic or Medicine? Dr. Robert Buckman and Karl Sabbagh offer a response to this question by critically evaluating both alternative and conventional medical approaches to patient care. The authors argue that healing has always been partly the science of clinical treatment (medicine) and partly an art (magic). Medicine may make the patient get well, but often it is magic that makes the patient feel well.
With all the pressures under which they work, modern medical doctors often neglect the magic in their dealings with patients. Alternative therapists, however, frequently offer nothing but magic. Buckman and Sabbagh look closely at the claims made for both medical science and alternative treatments and discover a gap between the promises and the reality of each approach.
Magic or Medicine? is vital reading for anyone conerned about the effective delivery of healthcare.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879759483
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
05/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
261
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Authors' Note
Acknowledgements
1Healing and Healers1
2The Origins of Healing9
3Encounters of a Healing Kind28
4A Taxonomy of Healing48
5Philosophical Attractions73
6Practical Plusses and Minuses100
7Alternative Explanations of the Inexplicable119
8Getting Better or Feeling Better153
9Synthesis: Magic and Medicine213
Notes249
Index257

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