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Nature cures : the history of alternative medicine in America

Author: James C Whorton
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"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 a history of alternative medicine in America, examining the major  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James C Whorton
ISBN: 0195140710 9780195140712
OCLC Number: 48957866
Notes: Notes: p. 311-359.
Includes indexes.
Description: xv, 368 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: The Nineteenth Century: Natural Healing --
The Hippocratic Heresy: Alternative Medicine's Worldview --
Every Man His Own Physician: Thomsonianism --
Dilutions of Grandeur: Homeopathy --
Physical Puritanism: Hygeiotherapy --
Magnetism and Mind: From Mesmerism to Christian Science --
The Early Twentieth Century: Drugless Healing --
The Licensing Question: The Campaign for Medical Freedom --
The Rule of the Artery: Osteopathy --
Innate Intelligence: Chiropractic --
Therapeutic Universalism: Naturopathy --
The Late Twentieth Century: Holistic Healing --
From Medical Cultism to Alternative Medicine --
The Holistic Health Explosion: Acupuncture --
From Alternative Medicine to Complementary Medicine.
Responsibility: James C. Whorton.
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This text establishes historical context for the contemporary debate over the role of unconventional medicine in health care by examining the evolution of the major alternative systems in America  Read more...
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