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Alternative Therapies

SKU# 9780826111647

Expanding Options in Health Care


  • Rena Gordon PhD
  • Barbara Nienstedt DPA
  • Wilbert Gesler PhD

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In this volume, an interdisciplinary team of scholars and social scientists address the reasons and ramifications of the increasing utilization of alternative and complementary medicine. The book provides a scholarly and theoretical discussion of salient issues within this new field. Topics discussed include:

  • the changing medical market place
  • political and legal aspects of practice
  • influential cultural factors
  • clinical and educational issues
  • and much more

The many case examples and vignettes that appear throughout the text illustrate how alternative health care relates to everyday life. The book serves as a primer for an array of health professionals and students as well as provides new insights to those familiar with alternative health practices.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date January 15, 1998
  • Page Count 296
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826111647
  • EISBN 9780826117298

Table of Contents 

  1. Alternative Therapies: Why Now?, Wilbert M. Gesler and Rena J. Gordon
  2. The Definitional Dilemma of Alternative Medicine, Barbara Cable Nienstedt

  3. Politics and the Law:
  4. The Federal Approach to Alternative Medicine: Co-opting, Quackbusting, or Complementing?, Barbara Cable Nienstedt
  5. The Power of the State, Leonard D. Baer and Charles M. Good, Jr.
  6. Paradigms and Politics: Redux of Homeopathy in American Medicine, Kirsten S. Borré and James L. Wilson

  7. The Changing Medical Marketplace:
  8. Marketing Channels for Alternative Health Care, Rena J. Gordon and Gail Silverstein
  9. The Regional Distribution of Alternative Health Care, Alan Rice Osborn
  10. Demand for Alternative Therapies: The Case of Childbirth, Dona Schneider

  11. The Culture Complex:
  12. Social and Cultural Aspects of Alternative Therapies, Jill M. Hyatt and Mary M. Hale
  13. Building Medical Systems at the Household Level, Clarissa T. Kimber
  14. Redefining the Healing Process: Healer-Client Relationships in Alternative Medicine, Joan D. Koss-Chioino

  15. Toward Complementary Medicine:
  16. Rediscovering Nightingale: Back to the Future, Barbara Stevens Barnum
  17. Biomedical Physicians Practicing Holistic Medicine, Ronald L. Caplan and Wilbert M. Gesler
  18. Medical Education: Changes and Responses, Evan W. Kligman
  19. Alternative Therapies: Quo Vadis?, Rena J. Gordon