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The popularity and practice of alternative medicine continues to expand at astonishing rates. In Healing Traditions, Bonnie Blair O'Connor considers the conflicts that arise between the values and assumptions of Western, scientific medicine and those of unconventional health systems. Providing in-depth examples of the importance and benefits of alternative health practices—including the extraordinarily extensive and sophisticated HIV/AIDS alternative therapies movement—O'Connor identifies ways to integrate alternative strategies with orthodox medical treatments in order to ensure the best possible care for patients.

In spite of the long-standing prediction that, as science and medicine progressed—and education became more generally available—unconventional systems would die out, they have persisted with undiminished vitality. They have, in fact, experienced a reinvigoration and expansion during the last fifteen to twenty years. In the United States, this renewal is fueled by people representing a wide cross-section of American society, and most of them also use conventional medicine. This eclecticism can result in conflicts between the values and assumptions of Western, scientific medicine and those of unconventional health systems.

O'Connor demonstrates the importance of understanding how various belief systems interact and how this interaction affects health care. She argues that through neutral observation and thorough description of health belief systems it is possible to gain an understanding of those systems, to identify likely points of conflict among systems—especially conflicts that may occur in conventional care settings—and to intervene in ways that ensure the best possible care for patients.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xv-xxiii
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  1. 1. Denning and Understanding Health Belief Systems
  2. pp. 1-34
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  1. 2. Critical Approaches to Literature and Theories
  2. pp. 35-79
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  1. 3. Hmong Cultural Values, Biomedicine, and Chronic Liver Disease
  2. pp. 80-109
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  1. 4. Vernacular Health Care Responses to HIV and AIDS
  2. pp. 109-160
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  1. 5. Implications for the Health Professions
  2. pp. 161-195
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  1. Appendix: Practical Tools
  2. pp. 197-223
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 225-234
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 235-279
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 281-287
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780812200539
Related ISBN
9780812213980
MARC Record
OCLC
619384444
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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