Nature Cures

Nature Cures : The History of Alternative Medicine in America

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The recent explosion of interest in alternative and complementary approaches to healing is the surprising culmination of a full two centuries of competition and conflict between mainstream medicine and numerous unorthodox systems of treatment. Nature Cures establishes the historical context for contemporary debate over the role of unconventional medicine in health care by examining the evolution of the major alternative systems in America from 1800 to the present. These include botanical medicine, homeopathy, hypnotism and mental healing, osteopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, and acupuncture, as well as a discussion of the European roots of systems not native to the United States. Attention is given to both the theories and therapies developed by each system and the interactions of each with the medical profession and with society at large. Particular emphasis is placed on the philosophy of "natural healing" that has been espoused by alternative practitioners throughout history and the distinctive interpretations of "nature cures" developed by the different systems.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 167.1 x 241.3 x 31.8mm | 743.9g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195140710
  • 9780195140712

Table of contents

PART 1: THE NINETEENTH CENTURY: NATURAL HEALING; 1. The Hippocratic Heresy: Alternative Medicine's Worldview; 2. Every Man His Own Physician: Thomsonianism; 3. Dilutions of Grandeur: Homeopathy; 4. Physical Puritanism: Hygieotherapy; 5. Magnetism and Mind: From Mesmerism to Christian Science; PART 2: THE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY: DRUGLESS HEALING; 6. The Licensing Question: The Campaign for Medical Freedom; 7. The Rule of the Artery: Osteopathy; 8. Innate Intelligence: Chiropractic; 9. Therapeutic Universalism: Naturopathy; PART 3: THE LATE TWENTIETH CENTURY: HOLISTIC HEALING; 10. From Medical Cultism to Alternative Medicine; 11. The Holistic Health Explosion; 12. From Alternative Medicine to Complementary Medicine; CONCLUSION: THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: THE AGE OF CURAPATHY
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"A lively, entertaining, and well-documented introduction to the history of unconventional medicine in the U.S. over the past two centuries.... There's much here to interest and perhaps amaze anyone who has ever been a patient."--Kirkus Reviews"A significant contribution, Nature Cures provides a valuable perspective on the unconventional therapies that for many decades have, to the dismay of organized medicine, attracted large numbers of Americans engaged in the pursuit of health."--Science"Thorough, enjoyable, and rigorous, this study documents the major 'unconventional' healing movements of 19th- and 20th-century America. This book fills a large gap.... Highly recommended."--Library Journal "A lively, entertaining, and well-documented introduction to the history of unconventional medicine in the U.S. over the past two centuries.... There's much here to interest and perhaps amaze anyone who has ever been a patient."--Kirkus Reviews "A significant contribution, Nature Cures provides a valuable perspective on the unconventional therapies that for many decades have, to the dismay of organized medicine, attracted large numbers of Americans engaged in the pursuit of health."--Science "Thorough, enjoyable, and rigorous, this study documents the major 'unconventional' healing movements of 19th- and 20th-century America. This book fills a large gap.... Highly recommended."--Library Journal "A lively, entertaining, and well-documented introduction to the history of unconventional medicine in the U.S. over the past two centuries.... There's much here to interest and perhaps amaze anyone who has ever been a patient."--Kirkus Reviews "A significant contribution, Nature Cures provides a valuable perspective on the unconventional therapies that for many decades have, to the dismay of organized medicine, attracted large numbers of Americans engaged in the pursuit of health."--Science "Thorough, enjoyable, and rigorous, this study documents the major 'unconventional' healing movements of 19th- and 20th-century America. This book fills a large gap.... Highly recommended."--Library Journal "A lively, entertaining, and well-documented introduction to the history of unconventional medicine in the U.S. over the past two centuries.... There's much here to interest and perhaps amaze anyone who has ever been a patient."--Kirkus Reviews"A significant contribution, Nature Cures provides a valuable perspective on the unconventional therapies that for many decades have, to the dismay of organized medicine, attracted large numbers of Americans engaged in the pursuit of health."--Science"Thorough, enjoyable, and rigorous, this study documents the major 'unconventional' healing movements of 19th- and 20th-century America. This book fills a large gap.... Highly recommended."--Library Journal
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About James C. Whorton

James C. Whorton is Professor of the History of Medicine in the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington. An authority on the history of medicine and health, his books include Inner Hygiene: Constipation and the Pursuit of Health in Modern Society; Crusaders for Fitness: The History of American Health Reformers; and Before Silent Spring: Pesticides and Public Health in Pre-DDT America.
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