Marginal to Mainstream: Alternative Medicine in America / Edition 1

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Overview

Millions of Americans are using complementary and alternative medicine and spending billions of dollars, out-of-pocket, for it. Why? Do the therapies work? Are they safe? Are any covered by insurance? How is the medical profession responding to the growing use of therapies that were only recently thought of as quackery? These are some of the many questions asked and answered in this book. It describes a transformation in the status of alternative medicine within health care. Paving the way toward legitimacy is research currently underway and funded by the National Institutes of Health. This research is proving the safety and efficacy of certain therapies and the harm or inefficacy of others. While some therapies will remain alternative to conventional medicine, others are becoming complementary, and still others are busting the boundaries and contributing to a new approach to health and healing called integrative medicine.
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Editorial Reviews

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"[An] extremely comprehensive, detailed, and well-referenced look at the explosion of interest in CAM."
Annals of Internal Medicine

"A superb dissection ... the best sociological interpretation of [the] subject currently available."
American Journal of Sociology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521542227
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Acronyms
Preface
1 Introducing CAM ... and the Many Questions It Raises 1
2 Understanding CAM: The Problem of Knowledge and the Power of Words 19
3 The Growth of CAM: Patterns of Use and Meaning 43
4 Physicians: Learning New Ways 75
5 Medical Research: Science and Interpretation 101
6 Investigating CAM: What Works? 130
7 The Road Ahead: Accommodation or Integration? 184
Bibliography 203
Index 223
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