Planet Medicine, Revised Edition: Origins

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Planet Medicine is a major work by an anthropologist who looks at medicine in a broad context. In this edition, additions to this classic text include a section on Reiki, a comparison of types of palpation used in healing, updates on craniosacral therapy, and a means of understanding how different alternative medicines actually work. Illustrated throughout, this is the standard on the history, philosophy, and anthropology of this subject.

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Overview

Planet Medicine is a major work by an anthropologist who looks at medicine in a broad context. In this edition, additions to this classic text include a section on Reiki, a comparison of types of palpation used in healing, updates on craniosacral therapy, and a means of understanding how different alternative medicines actually work. Illustrated throughout, this is the standard on the history, philosophy, and anthropology of this subject.

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"Every chapter challenges countercultural cliches and assumtions while revealing a deep sympathy for—and the necessity for—alternative modes of healing. This book provides a comprehensive philosophical and historical overview of healing throughout the planet."—New Age Journal"A remarkable book that looks at not only the history of medicine but the deeper anthropological and psychocultural roots of the ideas of healing that have appeared all across human history. In both its factual and speculative content it is brilliant and original..."—Richard Grossman"In this brilliant and original book, healing is taken from its contemporary limited definition into the universal realm of humanity's primary knowledge, bridging cultural and metaphysical assumptions about the meaning of disease and cure. From Stone Age shamanism to post-industrial medicine, Grossinger, an anthropologist, leads us through a dazzling, erudite account of the beginning concepts of medicine, healing, and cultural beliefs about disease."—Irene Alleger, Townsend Letter for Doctors
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556433696
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 664
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Grossinger was born in New York City in 1944. He received a B.A. from Amherst College in 1966 and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan in 1975. He is the author of many books, including The Night Sky, Embryogenesis, and Homeopathy: An Introduction for Skeptics and Beginners. He lives with his wife Lindy Hough in Berkeley, California.

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Table of Contents

Table of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction to the Sixth Edition
Pt. I Shamans
Ch. 1 Medical Traditions: Lineages and Dichotomies 3
Ch. 2 Disease and Cure: Image and Process in Medicine 37
Ch. 3 The Cultural Basis of the Cure 67
Ch. 4 The Origin of Medicine 87
Ch. 5 Practical Ethnomedicine: The Ancient Skills 129
Ch. 6 Spiritual Ethnomedicine 187
Pt. II Guilds
Ch. 7 Vitalist Science and Energy Medicine 227
Ch. 8 Eurasian Medicine 259
Ch. 9 Ayurvedic and Taoist Medicines 303
Ch. 10 Sigmund Freud and the Origin of Psychotherapeutic Healing 377
Ch. 11 Wilhelm Reich: From Character Analysis to Cosmic Eros 419
Ch. 12 Alternative Medicine 467
Appendices 533
Bibliography 537
Index 559
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