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One of the transformations facing health care in the twenty-first century is the safe, effective, and appropriate integration of conventional, or biomedical, care with complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies, such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, herbal medicine, and spiritual healing. In Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion, Michael H. Cohen discusses the need for establishing rules and standards to facilitate appropriate integration of conventional and CAM therapies.
The kind of integrated health care many patients seek dwells in a borderland between the physical and the spiritual, between the quantifiable and the immeasurable, Cohen observes. But the present environment fails to present clear rules for clinicians regarding which therapies to recommend, accept, or discourage, and how to discuss patient requests regarding inclusion of such therapies. Focusing on the social, intellectual, and spiritual dimensions of integrative care and grounding his analysis in the attendant legal, regulatory, and institutional changes, Cohen provides a multidisciplinary examination of the shift to a more fluid, pluralistic health care environment.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Negotiating the New Health Care 19
Chapter 2 Regulating Health Care Rogues 49
Chapter 3 Regulation, Religious Experience, and Epilepsy 65
Chapter 4 Healing, Environment, and Ecology 73
Chapter 5 Renewing the Matrix of Health and Healing 99
Chapter 6 Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion 111
Epilogue Toward the Future 153
Appendix A State of the Evidence Regarding Complementary Therapies 163
Appendix B Key Arenas of Legal and Policy Intervention 165
What People are Saying About This
Michael Cohen eloquently explores pathways to healinga universal human desire. He opens our eyes to new ways to think about healthbeyond the exclusivity of science and medicine to a wonderful array of different traditions and methodologies. For modern health care professionals, this book offers rich rewards.Lawrence Gostin, Georgetown University Law Center and the Center for Law and the Public's Health