Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. iii-v

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Acknowledgments

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p. ix

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1. The Emergence of Alternative Medicine

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pp. 1-12

In 1983 when Joshua, my oldest son, was eighteen months old, a hot iron fell on his foot and remained there until the person watching him discovered it. Most of the skin on the top of his tiny foot was gone. The emergency room doctor, his pediatrician' and three or four physician friends...

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2. Victims of Medicine

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pp. 13-39

To what is "alternative medicine" an alternative? In the United States health care institutions and professionals exist in such great numbers and diversity that defining what is meant by "mainstream" medicine is an increasingly difficult undertaking...

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3. The Core of Alternative Medicine: Age-Old Wisdom Made New

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pp. 40-73

Attending an alternative medicine conference, scanning the titles shelved under the heading of alternative medicine in a "megastore," or "surfing the net" for sites related to alternative medicine can be both an overwhelming and a puzzling experience. The sheer volume of what is readily available...

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4. Medicine and the Spirit

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pp. 74-109

Most of the core assumptions of alternative medicine differ from those of conventional biomedicine by degree and emphasis. Almost all physicians would grant that the mind and body are inseparably linked, and that being healthy is more than merely the absence of symptoms...

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5. Is There Really an Alternative Medicine?

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pp. 110-141

There is a set of core beliefs that conceptually unifies the wide range of alternative techniques and approaches. But how does alternative medicine manifest itself in the real world? When viewed over time, it is clear that alternative medicine is emerging...

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6. The Politics of Alternative Medicine: Personal and Practical

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pp. 142-184

Although being healthy or sick is an intimate, highly personal experience, these states have a political dimension as well. The political overtones of alternative medicine have the potential to empower some people, while leaving others feeling powerless by linking guilt and self-blame to being ill...

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7. Alternative Medicine, Mainstream Markets

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pp. 185-218

Healers in every society have been compensated for their work. In America doctors have made a good living, at least since 1910 when the Flexner Report sharply restricted the number of new physicians. Until very recently, the medical profession has exemplified how one group can create...

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8. The Future of Alternative Medicine

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pp. 219-232

Alternative medicine plays a significant and growing role in American society. However, predictions about the future of alternative medicine frequently take one of two forms. Some advocates describe the future in glowing terms. They speak of a "medicine of great possibilities"...

Notes

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pp. 233-248

Bibliography

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pp. 249-270

Index

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pp. 271-278