What exactly is alternative medicine? Is the astonishing popularity of alternative and multicultural medicine really such a recent development? Comparing the medical systems of China, India, and the west (both mainstream and alternative), this volume ranges across four centuries and many continents, mapping the transmission of medical expertise from one culture to another and laying bare the roots of today's distinctions between alternative, complementary, and orthodox medicine. Historian Roberta Bivens uses a wealth of illuminating and entertaining historical examples to underscore the vital point that the cross-cultural transmission of medical knowledge and expertise, even alternative medical knowledge and expertise, is not a uniquely contemporary phenomenon, but has a long and fascinating pedigree. Through comparisons of different medical innovations and importations across different cultures, the book illuminates the twin processes of medical and historical change as seen through the eyes of the medical professionals and consumers of the day. Given the success of modern biomedical science, why are alternative and traditional treatments now so fashionable? This fascinating volume sheds light on this trend as it offers a sweeping comparative account of alternative medicine over four hundred years. With notes and index.

Alternative Medicine? A History

SKU: 049479
$31.93Price
  • ISBN

    9780199218875
  • Authors

    Bivins, Roberta
  • Extent

    238
  • Format

    Hardcover
  • Year

    2007
  • Publisher

    Oxford University Press

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