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The role of complementary and alternative medicine : accommodating pluralism
Callahan, Daniel, 1930-
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Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press, [2002]

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x, 214 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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R733 .R646 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Written for medical practitioners and researchers and scholars of medical issues, this book offers a rigorous yet balanced evaluation of the meaning and value of alternative therapies.

Author Notes

Daniel Callahan is Director of International Programs at The Hastings Center and Senior Fellow at the Harvard Medical School

Table of Contents

Daniel CallahanKenneth F. SchaffnerDavid J. HuffordLoretta M. KopelmanBonnie B. O'ConnorHoward BrodyDavid B. Larson and Susan S. LarsonAsbjorn Hrobjartsson and Stig BrorsonWayne B. JonasTom WhitmarshPaul Root WolpeAlfred I. Tauber
Introductionp. vii
Assessments of Efficacy in Biomedicine: The Turn toward Methodological Pluralismp. 1
CAM and Cultural Diversity: Ethics and Epistemology Convergep. 15
The Role of Science in Assessing Conventional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicinesp. 36
Personal Experience, Popular Epistemology, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Researchp. 54
The Placebo Effect: Implications for the Study and Practice of Complementary and Alternative Medicinep. 74
Spirituality in Clinical Care: A Brief Review of Patient Desire, Physician Response, and Research Opportunitiesp. 84
Interpreting Results from Randomized Clinical Trials of Complementary/Alternative Interventions: The Role of Trial Quality and Pre-trial Beliefsp. 107
Evidence, Ethics, and the Evaluation of Global Medicinep. 122
The Nature of Evidence in Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Ideas from Trials of Homeopathy in Chronic Headachep. 148
Medical Culture and CAM Culture: Science and Ritual in the Academic Medical Centerp. 163
The Quest for Holism in Medicinep. 172
Contributorsp. 190
Indexp. 196