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Perspectives on Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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Perspectives on Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The title Perspectives on Complementary and Alternative Medicine was chosen for this book to reflect the need for a critical overview of the subject areas that relate to the development of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as part of a dynamic process of change in contemporary society. The recent changes and developments in and the exponential growth of CAM are explored from a wide range of perspectives and covering several academic disciplines.

This book represents a collaborative process among many academic disciplines and is designed to help you to understand and contextualise the phenomenon of contemporary CAM. Political, historical, ethical, geographical and economic perspectives are drawn on throughout this book in the search for understanding.
Sociologists such as Anthony Giddens (1991) claim that the key drivers leading to the growth of interest in CAM as part of a more general social change in ‘late modernity’ include: a more assertive consumer; a more accepting audience of a greater diversity of ideas and sets of knowledge; and an increase in the number and range of people having the confidence to set themselves up as ‘new experts’ in their field. A further significant force that is integral to understanding the development of CAM is the political and historical dimension. The history of CAM cannot be dissociated from that of orthodox medicine. Before the Medical Registration Act 1858, when state-supported biomedicine emerged and became protected as the dominant discipline, herbalists, healers and many others, including lay people known as ‘wise women’ or ‘cunning men’, competed with the same level of status as physicians, surgeons and apothecaries (Cant and Sharma, 1999). When orthodox medicine was established on a formal national basis in the mid-19th century, the realm of CAM came into being by exclusion (Saks, 1992).


Part 1: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Context
Chapter 1. Changing perspectives
Chapter 2. Can complementary and alternative medicine be classified?
Chapter 3. Political and historical perspectives
Chapter 4. Ethics in complementary and alternative medicine
Chapter 5. Complementary and alternative medicine and mental health

Part 2: People and Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Chapter 6. Understanding health and healing
Chapter 7. Understanding why people use complementary and alternative medicine
Chapter 8. The therapeutic relationship and complementary and alternative medicine
Chapter 9. Critical issues in the therapeutic relationship
Chapter 10. CAM in supportive and palliative cancer care

Part 3: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Different Settings
Chapter 11. Traditional, folk and cultural perspectives of CAM
Chapter 12. Investigating patterns of provision and use of CAM
Chapter 13. Cash and CAM: the private sector and CAM practice
Chapter 14. Integration of CAM with mainstream services
Chapter 15. Information sources and complementary and alternative medicine

Title: Perspectives on Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Authors: Tom Heller, Geraldine Lee-Treweek, Jeanne Katz, Julie Stone, Sue Spurr
Language: English


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