Planet Medicine: Origins

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North Atlantic Books, Jan 31, 2001 - Health & Fitness - 622 pages
Planet Medicine is a major work by an anthropologist who looks at medicine in a broad context. In this edition, additions to this classic text include a section on Reiki, a comparison of types of palpation used in healing, updates on craniosacral therapy, and a means of understanding how different alternative medicines actually work. Illustrated throughout, this is the standard on the history, philosophy, and anthropology of this subject.
 

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Contents

Medical Traditions Lineages and Dichotomies
3
Disease and Cure Image and Process in Medicine
37
The Cultural Basis of the Cure
69
The Origin of Medicine
89
Practical Ethnomedicine The Ancient Skills
131
Spiritual Ethnomedicine
189
GUilds
229
Eurasian Medicine
261
European Medicine
275
The Roots of Alternative Medicine
281
Pancultural Influences
288
Ayurvedic and Taoist Medicines
305
Sigmund Freud and the Origin
379
Alternative Medicine
469
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Richard Grossinger was born in New York City in 1944. He received a B.A. from Amherst College in 1966 and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan in 1975. He is the author of many books, including The Night Sky, Embryogenesis, and Homeopathy: An Introduction for Skeptics and Beginners. He lives with his wife Lindy Hough in Berkeley, California.

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