From Doctor to Healer: The Transformative Journey

From Doctor to Healer: The Transformative Journey


By (author) Robbie E. Davis-Floyd, By (author) Gloria St.John

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  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 293 pages
  • Dimensions: 161mm x 230mm x 26mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 1 January 1999
  • Publication City/Country: New Brunswick, NJ
  • ISBN 10: 0813525195
  • ISBN 13: 9780813525198
  • Illustrations note: 4 tables

Product description

Why train for seven years in Western ways and then move to homoeopathy and Chinese medicine? This book traces the transformational journeys of 40 American physicians who have made this move, outlining the basic models of American health care - technocratic, humanistic and holistic - on the way.

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Author information

ROBBIE DAVIS-FLOYD is a research fellow at the University of Texas, Austin, and a medical anthropologist. She is the author of Birth as an American Rite of Passage and co-editor of Childbirth and Authoritative Knowledge: Cross-Cultural Perspectives and Cyborg Babies: From Techno-Sex to Techno-Tots. GLORIA ST. JOHN has been involved in the business end of health care for 25 years and has served as executive director of the MetaPhysicians.

Review quote

"A valuable map of the complex medical revolution that is slowly affecting us all."--David Hess "Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute "