Alternative Therapies: Expanding Options in Health Care

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1998-01-01
  • Publisher: Lightning Source Inc

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In this volume, an interdisciplinary team of scholars and social scientists address the reasons and ramifications of the increasing utilization of alternative and complementary medicine. The book provides a scholarly and theoretical discussion of salient issues within this new field. Topics discussed include: the changing medical market place political and legal aspects of practice influential cultural factors clinical and educational issues and much more The many case examples and vignettes that appear throughout the text illustrate how alternative health care relates to everyday life. The book serves as a primer for an array of health professionals and students as well as provides new insights to those familiar with alternative health practices.

Table of Contents

Contributors vii(4)
Foreword xi(2)
Acknowledgments xiii(2)
List of Tables
List of Figures
PART I Introduction 3(24)
1 Alternative Therapies: Why Now?
Wilbert M. Gesler
Rena J. Gordon
2 The Definitional Dilemma of Alternative Medicine
Barbara Cable Nienstedt
PART II Politics and the Law 27(60)
3 The Federal Approach to Alternative Medicine: Co-opting, Quackbusting, or Complementing?
Barabara Cable Nienstedt
4 The Power of the State
Leonard D. Baer
Charles M. Good, Jr.
5 Paradigms and Politics: Redux of Homeopathy in American Medicine
Kristen S. Borre
James L. Wilson
PART III The Changing Medical Marketplace 87(44)
6 Marketing Channels for Alternative Health Care
Rena J. Gordon
Gail Silverstein
7 The Regional Distribution of Alternative Health Care
Alan Rice Osborn
8 Demand for Alternative Therapies: The Case of Childbirth
Dona Schneider
PART IV The Culture Complex 131(46)
9 Social and Cultural Aspects of Alternative Therapies
Jill M. Hyatt
Mary M. Hale
10 Building Medical Systems at the Household Level
Clarissa T. Kimber
11 Redefining the Healing Process: Healer-Client Relationships in Alternative Medicine
Joan D. Koss-Chioino
PART V Toward Complementary Medicine 177(58)
12 Rediscovering Nightingale: Back to the Future
Barbara Stevens Barnum
13 Biomedical Physicians Practicing Holistic Medicine
Ronald L. Caplan
Wilbert M. Gesler
14 Medical Education: Changes and Responses
Evan W. Kligman
Case Study
Jerry M. Calkins
15 Alternative Therapies: Quo Vadis?
Rena J. Gordon
References 235(20)
Glossary of Alternative Practices 255(10)
Barbara Cable Nienstedt
Index 265

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