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Nature Cures: The History of Alternative Medicine in America

Nature Cures: The History of Alternative Medicine in America
Author: James C. Whorton
ISBN 13: 9780195171624
ISBN 10: 195171624
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2004-05-06
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
List Price: $44.95

Wharton (history of medicine, U. of Washington) presents a history of alternative medicine in the United States from 1800 to the present. Aimed at the general reader, the text covers major systems such as Thomsonianism, homeopathy, Mesmerism, chiropractic, acupuncture, and naturopathy. Wharton points out the failings of some of these systems as well as where they have won recognition by the medical establishment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Nature Cures: The History of Alternative Medicine in America, by James C. Whorton, Ph.D. (Oxford, $30). The current trends in alternative medicine from reflexology and rolfing to shiatsu and dream work aren't just hippie-era fallout but reflect two centuries of legal conflict and economic competition between mainstream treatments for illness and the myriad unorthodox therapies. Whorton, a professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, tells a lively tale filled with fads and quackery, much of which was sanctioned by the medical establishment of its day, while efficacious regimes that are still practiced today were denounced. In so doing, he remains remarkably evenhanded and touches on the lives and reputations of such notables as Mary Baker Eddy, Catherine Beecher (sister of Harriet Beecher Stowe) and Daniel Webster. Sent in Vera's absence