Nature Cures: The History of Alternative Medicine in America

Nature Cures: The History of Alternative Medicine in America

by James C. Whorton


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Nature Cures: The History of Alternative Medicine in America by James C. Whorton

From reflexology and rolfing to shiatsu and dream work, we are confronted today by a welter of alternative medical therapies. But as James Whorton shows in Nature Cures, the recent explosion in alternative medicine actually reflects two centuries of competition and conflict between mainstream medicine and numerous unorthodox systems. This is the first comprehensive history of alternative medicine in America, examining the major systems that have emerged from 1800 to the present. Writing with wit and with fairness to all sides, Whorton offers a fascinating look at alternative health systems such as homeopathy, water cures, Mesmerism, Christian Science, osteopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, and acupuncture. Nature Cures is an engaging and authoritative history that highlights the course of alternative medicine in the U.S., providing valuable background to the wide range of therapies available today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195140712
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

James C. Whorton is Professor of the History of Medicine in the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington. An authority on the history of medicine and health, his books include Inner Hygiene: Constipation and the Pursuit of Health in Modern Society; Crusaders for Fitness: The History of American Health Reformers; and Before Silent Spring: Pesticides and Public Health in Pre-DDT America.

Table of Contents

Part IThe Nineteenth Century: Natural Healing1
1.The Hippocratic Heresy: Alternative Medicine's Worldview3
2.Every Man His Own Physician: Thomsonianism25
3.Dilutions of Grandeur: Homeopathy49
4.Physical Puritanism: Hygeiotherapy77
5.Magnetism and Mind: From Mesmerism to Christian Science103
Part IIThe Early Twentieth Century: Drugless Healing131
6.The Licensing Question: The Campaign for Medical Freedom133
7.The Rule of the Artery: Osteopathy141
8.Innate Intelligence: Chiropractic165
9.Therapeutic Universalism: Naturopathy191
Part IIIThe Late Twentieth Century: Holistic Healing219
10.From Medical Cultism to Alternative Medicine221
11.The Holistic Health Explosion: Acupuncture245
12.From Alternative Medicine to Complementary Medicine271
Conclusion: The Twenty-first Century: The Age of Curapathy?297

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