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Alternative medicine? : a history

Author: Roberta E Bivins
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What is 'alternative' medicine? is the astonishing popularity of alternative and multicultural medicine really such a recent development? Bivins unearths the roots of today's distinction between alternative, complementary and orthodox medicine, and shows how interest in medical alternatives is a phenomenon with a long history.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roberta E Bivins
ISBN: 9780199543762 0199543763
OCLC Number: 683127989
Notes: Originally published: 2007.
Description: xiii, 239 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: Preface --
Introduction: 'Rival systems of medicine?' --
'What is this burning?' --
Health and 'the new science' --
The 'Chinese have a great deal of wit' --
'With our Western brethren, the case seems to be quite different' --
Conclusion: Pragmatism, pluralism, and the (im)patient consumer --
Further reading --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Roberta Bivins.
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Comparing the medical systems of China, India, and the west (both mainstream and alternative), Alternative Medicine? maps the transmission of medical expertise from one culture to another and lays  Read more...

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Scholarly yet readable history...Bivins places this fraught and polarised debate into a fascinating historical context. P D Smith, The Guardian

 
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