Alternative Therapies: Expanding Options in Health Care

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Rena Gordon, PhD, Barbara Cable Nienstedt, Wilbert M. Gesler
Springer Publishing Company, Jan 15, 1998 - Medical - 296 pages
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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.

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Rena J. Gordon, PhD, is Research Lecturer in family and community medicine, College of Medicine, University of Arizona, and Visiting Professor, Arizona State University East. Dr. Gordon was lead editor (with B. C. Nienstedt and W. M. Gesler) of Alternative Therapies: Expanding Options in Health Care (Springer, 1998) and is Editor of Alternative health Practitioner: The Journal of Complementary and Natural Care. Committed to improving health care services for special populations, her research has assisted the delivery of health care in Hispanic and American Indian communities. Her book, Arizona Rural Health Provider Atlas (1984, 1987), was selected by the U.S. Department of State for distribution to overseas organizations involved in epidemiological studies, and it served as a model for Florida's health care atlas. She has published widely on intraurban physician location, malpractice and rural obstetric service, maternal and child health, long-term care and elder services, primary care services in underserved areas, health policy issues, and health services delivery and healing practices in Cuba.

Wilbert M. Gesler is professor of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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