Perspectives on Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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Tom Heller, Geraldine Lee-Treweek, Jeanne Katz, Julie Stone, Sue Spurr
Routledge, Feb 1, 2005 - Medical - 424 pages

This book explores the challenging issues associated with complementary and alternative medicine in the context of the social, political and cultural influences that shape people's health.

Divided clearly into three sections, this book:

  • sets out the general context of social change, consumption and debate around the rise of public interest in CAM
  • argues for and against different classifications of CAM
  • critically assesses the importance of ethics and values to CAM practice and how these inform what practitioners do
  • focuses on the question of what people want, the changing and contested nature of health, and the nature of personal and social factors associated with the use of CAM, leading to a focus on 'therapeutic relationships'
  • examines the diversity of settings in which CAM takes place and the social, political and economic milieu in which CAM is provided and used.

Together with its accompanying text, Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Structures and Safeguards, it forms the core text for the Open University course K221 Perspectives on Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Changing perspectives
3
Chapter 2 Can complementary and alternative medicine be classified?
29
Chapter 3 Political and historical perspectives
53
Chapter 4 Ethics in complementary and alternative medicine
74
Chapter 5 Complementary and alternative medicine and mental health
99
2 People and Complementary and Alternative Medicine
126
Chapter 6 Understanding health and healing
128
Chapter 7 Understanding why people use complementary and alternative medicine
155
Chapter 10 CAM in supportive and palliative cancer
230
3 Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Different Settings
259
Chapter 11 Traditional folk and cultural perspectives of CAM
261
Chapter 12 Investigating patterns of provision and use of CAM
289
the private sector and CAM practice
313
Chapter 14 Integration of CAM with mainstream
336
Chapter 15 Information sources and complementary and alternative medicine
364
Index
384

Chapter 8 The therapeutic relationship and complementary and alternative medicine
183
Chapter 9 Critical issues in the therapeutic relationship
206

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