The History of American Homeopathy: From Rational Medicine to Holistic Health Care

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"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."
-Bulletin of the History of Medicine

"John Haller, an eminent historian of alternative medicine, has written a unique and finely woven account on homeopathy and the transformations that have characterized its ...

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Overview

"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."
-Bulletin of the History of Medicine

"John Haller, an eminent historian of alternative medicine, has written a unique and finely woven account on homeopathy and the transformations that have characterized its long history. In this volume, he focuses on its evolving status from a medical practitioner based system of treatment to one now largely embraced by segments of the public in search of alternative therapies. Well-organized and bearing the imprint of a master historian, it is a pleasure to read." -Pascal James Imperato, School of Public Health, State University of New York, Downstate

"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." -Choice

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Editorial Reviews

associate director for Historical Collections, University of Alabama - Michael A. Flannery

"This is an important and outstanding work of scholarship. Neither partisan nor apologetic, it brings the strength of objectivity to homeopathy that has often been lacking in its checkered historiography. Meticulously researched and engagingly written, this book is destined to be the standard work on this colorful and historically rich group of healthcare crusaders for years to come."
author of Nature Cures: The History of Alternative Medicine in America - James C. Whorton

"Once again, Professor Haller offers an incisive analysis of a major alternative medical system, providing an extraordinarily thorough and nuanced examination of the evolution of homeopathic medicine over the last one hundred years."
founding dean, School of Public Health, State University of New York, Downstate - Pascal James Imperato

"John Haller, an eminent historian of alternative medicine, has written a unique and finely woven account on homeopathy and the transformations that have characterized its long history. In this volume, he focuses on its evolving status from a medical practitioner based system of treatment to one now largely embraced by segments of the public in search of alternative therapies. Well-organized and bearing the imprint of a master historian, it is a pleasure to read."
Choice

"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."
Choice
"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."
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813561585
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/2013
  • Edition description: First Paperback Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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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