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Other Healers: Unorthodox Medicine in America / Edition 1

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Overview

Sixty million Americans have relied at some point in their lives on osteopaths, chiropractors, folk or religious healers, naturopaths, homeopaths, and acupuncturists; millions more employ alternative psychological systems, unorthodox diet and fitness programs, and a range of self-help treatments. Yet until recently, most historians and social scientists of medicine have assumed that unorthodox movements were of comparatively minor significance in the study of medicine and society.

In "Other Healers" Norman Gevitz and eight other authors explore the most significant alternatives to orthodox medicine to have gained a place in American society from the early 19th century to the present. Neither advocating nor debunking these alternatives, they explore phenomena that range from Thomsonism, the early botanical system that was progenitor of the first native American sects,to the faith-healing of contemporary pentecostals and charasmatics; from the Water Cure Movement, which provided important support for the efforts of early feminist reformers, to osteopathy, whose practitioners are now licensed to offer the same range of services as M.D.'s.

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Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the History of Medicine
This book deserves an unambiguous welcome as an overview of American irregular medicine which is simultaneously comprehensive (it ranges smoothly from traditional folk medicine and early nineteenth-century medical botany up to Oral Roberts and contemporary chiropractic) and compact (all this in three hundred pages).

— Roy Porter

Bulletin of the History of Medicine - Roy Porter
This book deserves an unambiguous welcome as an overview of American irregular medicine which is simultaneously comprehensive (it ranges smoothly from traditional folk medicine and early nineteenth-century medical botany up to Oral Roberts and contemporary chiropractic) and compact (all this in three hundred pages).
Library Journal
Nine scholars examine the history of social dynamics of alternative health practices in this country. Editor Gevitz provides a historical and theoretical overview, followed by essays on botanical, health reform, and water-cure movements, homeopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic, Christian Science, divine healing, and contemporary folk medicine. Admirably nonpolemical, this book will be of interest to scholars in medical history, sociology, and anthropology; American and women's studies the water cure having feminist connections; and folklore. Highly recommended. Judith Eannarino, George Washington Univ. Lib., Washington, D.C.
Booknews
The author and eight other contributors discuss the development and practice of healing by osteopaths, chiropractors, folk and religious healers, naturopaths, homeopaths, and acupuncturists, among others. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801837104
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 10/19/1988
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,044,814
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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