Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 February 2008

264 Pages | 23 b/w integrated halftones

ISBN: 9780199218875

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Alternative Medicine?

A History

Roberta Bivins

  • Tells the story of "alternative" medicine--and why it is so popular
  • Explains the distinctions between "alternative," "complementary," and "orthodox" medicine and explores how these distinctions arose
  • Uses a wealth of illuminating and entertaining historical examples, from horse-racing English earls to desperate missionaries in 17th century Indonesia, from hypnotism in the British Raj to homeopathy in the American "Wild West"
  • Shows how the medical systems of China, India, and the west--both mainstream and alternative--have influenced each other over the centuries

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