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Biomedicine and alternative healing systems in America : issues of class, race, ethnicity, and gender
Baer, Hans A., 1944-
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Madison, Wisconsin : The University of Wisconsin Press, [2001]

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xii, 222 pages ; 23 cm
Nineteenth-century American medicine as a pluralistic system -- The rise of the American dominative medical system under corporate capitalism -- Osteopathic medicine as a parallel medical system -- Chiropractic as the foremost professionalized heterodox medical system -- Naturopathy and acupuncture as secondary professionalized heterdox medical systems -- Partially professionalized and lay heterodox medical systems within the context of the holistic health movement -- Anglo-American religious and metaphysical healing systems -- Folk medical systems in a culturally diverse society -- Conclusion.

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Examining medical pluralism in the USA over the last 200 years, the author provides a wide-ranging synthesis of the history of alternative medicine from acupuncture to Navajo healing. Its relationship with conventional medicine and the influence of class, race and gender is also assessed.

Author Notes

Hans A. Baer is professor of anthropology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Has has published nine books.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Baer's title is somewhat misleading; though he does discuss "biomedicine and alternative healing systems in America," his focus is not on "issues of class, race, ethnicity, and gender" as the subtitle suggests. Instead, chapters review the historical roots of various medical practices in the US including osteopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, and acupuncture. In addition, Christian Science medical philosophy and the role of religion in medical practices such as dianetics and scientology are discussed. Each chapter presents a very detailed and dense review of the historical and political events responsible for cultivating or discouraging various medical practices among certain groups and includes comment on the role of class, gender, and race where relevant. This book may be of interest to medical practitioners interested in the relationships and existing conflicts between various medical schools of thought (i.e., osteopathic DOs versus allopathic MDs), and would be most appropriate for faculty or graduate students studying the history of medicine. C. S. Weisse Union College (NY)

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
1 Nineteenth-Century American Medicine as a Pluralistic Systemp. 7
2 The Rise of the American Dominative Medical System under Corporate Capitalismp. 31
3 Osteopathic Medicine as a Parallel Medical Systemp. 50
4 Chiropractic as the Foremost Professionalized Heterodox Medical Systemp. 67
5 Naturopathy and Acupuncture as Secondary Professionalized Heterodox Medical Systemsp. 85
6 Partially Professionalized and Lay Heterodox Medical Systems within the Context of the Holistic Health Movementp. 103
7 Anglo-American Religious and Metaphysical Healing Systemsp. 121
8 Folk Medical Systems in a Culturally Diverse Societyp. 144
9 Conclusionp. 179
Bibliographyp. 193
Indexp. 217