The Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Accomodating Pluralism

The Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Accomodating Pluralism

by Daniel Callahan
     
 

ISBN-10: 1589010167

ISBN-13: 9781589010161

Pub. Date: 01/28/2004

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

At the center of the debate over complementary and alternative medicine -- from acupuncture and chiropractic treatments to homeopathy and nutritional supplements -- is how to scientifically measure the effectiveness of a particular treatment. Fourteen scholars from the fields of medicine, philosophy, sociology, and cultural and folklore studies examine that debate,

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At the center of the debate over complementary and alternative medicine -- from acupuncture and chiropractic treatments to homeopathy and nutritional supplements -- is how to scientifically measure the effectiveness of a particular treatment. Fourteen scholars from the fields of medicine, philosophy, sociology, and cultural and folklore studies examine that debate, and the clash between growing public support and the often hostile stance of clinicians and medical researchers.

Proponents and critics have different methodologies and standards of evidence -- raising the question of how much pluralism is acceptable in a medical context -- particularly in light of differing worldviews and the struggle to define medicine in the modern world. The contributors address both the methodological problems of assessment and the conflicting cultural perspectives at work in a patient's choice of treatment. Sympathetic to CAM, the contributors nonetheless offer careful critiques of its claims, and suggest a variety of ways it can be taken seriously, yet subject to careful scrutiny.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589010161
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Series:
Hastings Center Studies in Ethics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

IntroductionDaniel Callahan

Assessments of Efficacy in Biomedicine: The Turn toward Methodological PluralismKenneth F. Shaffner

CAM and Cultural Diversity: Ethics and Epistemology ConvergeDavid J. Hufford

The Role of Science in Assessing Conventional, Complementary, and Alternative MedicinesLoretta M. Kopelman

Personal Experience, Popular Epistemology, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine ResearchBonnie B. O'Connor

The Placebo Effect: Implications for the Study and Practice of Complementary and Alternative MedicineHoward Brody

Spirituality in Clinical Care: A Brief Review of Patient Desire, Physician Response, and Research OpportunitiesDavid B. Larson and Susan B. Larson

Interpreting Results from Randomized Clinical Trials of Complementary/Alternative Interventions: The Role of Trial Quality and Pre-trial BeliefsAsbjorn Hrobjartsson and Stig Brorson

Evidence, Ethics, and the Evaluation of Global MedicineWayne B. Jonas

The Nature of Evidence in Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Ideas from Trials of Homeopathy in Chronic HeadacheTom Whitmarsh

Medical Culture and CAM Culture: Science and Ritual in the Academic Medical CenterPaul Root Wolpe

The Quest for Holism in MedicineAlfred I. Tauber

Contributors

Index

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