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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (Aug. 15 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195140710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195140712
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.7 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 744 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,614,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Walter Johnson, the homeopath quoted at the close of the preface, referred to his practice as a "medical heresy" and his colleagues as "so-called heretics." Read the first page
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Format: Hardcover
Nature Cures presents the history of alternative medicine in America, showing that the recent rise of alternative medicine actually reflects two centuries of competition between mainstream medicine and unorthodox systems. In providing a running history of alternative medicine, author James Whorton enables readers to analyze the progress, successes and failures of both traditional and alternative treatments.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Presents the history of alternative medicine in America Dec 7 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Nature Cures presents the history of alternative medicine in America, showing that the recent rise of alternative medicine actually reflects two centuries of competition between mainstream medicine and unorthodox systems. In providing a running history of alternative medicine, author James Whorton enables readers to analyze the progress, successes and failures of both traditional and alternative treatments.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Nature Cures: The History of Alternative Medicine in America Aug. 10 2009
By D. Timothy Mccoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The value of this book to me is the historical context of the sometime strained relationship between natural medicine and "western medicine". History indeed repeats itself. Natural, alternative medicine grew out of a disenchantment with traditional medicine. As today, people began searching for answers other than what they were receiving from their doctors. The stories are informative and illuminating and really help one understand the chasm between the two worlds. I have not completed the book so I am simply at the stage of understanding the problem. I hope the book offers some type of solution that allows these polarized sides with similar hope for outcomes to work together on what might get us out of the healthcare crisis we are currently in.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great price Oct. 3 2010
By Cool Shaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book was just what I needed, not in bad shape, and for a great price. Thank you!
3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Regarding Naturopathy's Essential Science-Ejected Vitalism: Jan. 18 2008
By Robert J. Cullen - Published on Amazon.com
Vitalism is a profoundly science-ejected concept, though many CAM or 'natural health' cabals falsely claim that vitalism survives scientific scrutiny.

I quote: "naturopathic medical practice nevertheless is still comprised of distinctive therapies backed by faith in nature [...] detoxification, like all other therapies, is meant to serve the more basic purpose of strengthening the vis medicatrix. Naturopathy still means trusting in nature to cure [...per] 'confidence in the perception of a vital force or life force.' Hence, today's hydrotherapy procedures are justified in terms that Lust, or even Thrall, would commend: hydrotherapy provides 'general stimulation of the vital force' [...] naturopathic medicine thus retains much of the old in its now 'science based natural medicine' [p.291]."

When is an article of faith {a purposeful life spirit that runs physiology} unprofessionally / falsely labeled a medical scientific fact?

Naturopathy.

CAM: there be monsters here.

-r.c.

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