Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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Alternative therapies, once the province of the hippie counterculture, are now a mainstream phenomenon. But they are more than a medical and economic sensation. At once spiritual and bodily, medical and recreational, they are an enormously popular cultural practice bound up with the pleasure-seeking drive of consumer culture as well as with spiritual and neo-liberal values. Complementary and Alternative Medicine critically examines this phenomenon - which some denounce as the triumph of superstition over reason - by asking practitioners themselves what makes these therapies so appealing. Drawing on a wealth of interviews with Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) practitioners as well as on the author's longstanding participation in CAM culture, the book provides a much needed look from both the inside and the outside of the CAM phenomenon. This book is essential reading for students and scholars of cultural studies, anthropology, sensory studies and sociology.... since iridology is intended to work hand in hand with other therapeutic systems , especially nutrition (Jensen and Bodeen 1992: 2). ... READING THE BODY: BODY TYPING AS AN ELEMENT OF BODYWORK PRACTICE I turn now to a group of manual therapies in which the ... Instead, the practitionera#39;s expert perception, itself a commingling of vision and touch, becomes a specialized a#39; technologya#39;, anbsp;...

Title:Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Author:Ruth Barcan
Publisher:Berg - 2013-05-09


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