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Published: 22 July 2010

258 Pages | 24 black and white halftones


ISBN: 9780199543762

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Alternative Medicine?

A History

Roberta Bivins

  • The story of 'alternative' medicine - and why it is so popular
  • Lays bare the distinctions between 'alternative', 'complementary' and 'orthodox' medicine and explains 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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