Toward an Integrative Medicine: Merging Alternative Therapies with Biomedicine

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Rowman Altamira, Jan 1, 2004 - Social Science - 204 pages
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"This book by Hans Baer chronicles the transformation of the holistic health movement over the past three decades, as it increasingly influences the delivery of health care in America. In it, he describes the battle for legitimacy by alternative therapeutic practitioners and the biomedical profession's increasing interest in the possibilities of a complementary and integrative medical system." "Baer examines a variety of professionalized and lay heterodox therapeutic systems, including chiropractors, naturopaths and acupuncturists, homeopaths, bodyworkers, and lay midwives. He shows, ironically how the holistic movement may ultimately become more limited as it gains acceptance and becomes integrated into mainstream, professional medicine." "Toward an Integrative Medicine is a valuable resource for instructors, students, professionals, and other interested in public health issues, health policy, medical studies, health economics, medical anthropology, and sociology."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  

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Contents

The Popularization of Holistic Health and New Age Movements
1
The Semilegitimation of Four Professionalized Heterodox Medical Systems
25
Partially Professionalized Therapeutic Systems The Struggle for Legitimacy
57
The Emergence of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Integrative Medicine
89
Deconstructing Andrew Weil and Deepak Chopra
119
Governmental and Corporate Involvement
137
Creating an Authentic Holistic Health System Impediments and Possibilities
149
Glossary
163
References
169
Index
199
About the Author
204
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Hans A. Baer is professor of anthropology at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.

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