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Orthodox and Alternative Medicine

Orthodox and Alternative Medicine
Politics, Professionalization and Health Care

First Edition

March 2003 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`There's no book like it. It's Saks' subject and he's good' - Roy Porter

This fascinating book explores the changing relationship between orthodox and alternative medicine in Britain and the United States from the sixteenth century to the present day.

Mike Saks sees the development of orthodox and alternative medicine as two sides of the same coin and his analysis centers on the role of professionalization in health care. In the sixteenth century, the line between orthodox and alternative medicine was blurred. By the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the increasing professionalization of orthodox bio-medicine had marginalized medical alternatives. In recent years, following the growth of a strong counter-culture in the 1960s and 1970s, perceptions of the relationship between the two forms of practice have begun to change again. The de-professionalization of orthodox medicine is being debated, while ironically, alternative medicine has become increasingly professionalized.

Mike Saks considers the political dynamics of the process of professionalization, and looks at the dilemmas posed for both medical orthodoxy and alternative medicine in the development of a more integrated health care system in Britain and the United States in the future.

Health Care in the Pre-Industrial Era
The Rise of the Medical Professions and Orthodox Biomedicine
The Marginalization of Alternative Medicine
The Development of a Medical Counter Culture
Health Policy Professionalization and the State

`There’s no book like it. It’s Saks’ subject and he’s good' - Roy Porter

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