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Routledge Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Perspectives from social science and law

Edited by: Nicola K. Gale , Jean V. McHale

Print publication date:  April  2015
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415818940
eBook ISBN: 9780203578575
Adobe ISBN: 9781136685484

10.4324/9780203578575
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Book description

The provision and use of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been growing globally over the last 40 years. As CAM develops alongside - and sometimes integrates with - conventional medicine, this handbook provides the first major overview of its regulation and professionalization from social science and legal perspectives.

The Routledge Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine draws on historical and international comparative research to provide a rigorous and thematic examination of the field. It argues that many popular and policy debates are stuck in a polarized and largely asocial discourse, and that interdisciplinary social science perspectives, theorising diversity in the field, provide a much more robust evidence base for policy and practice in the field. Divided into four sections, the handbook covers:

  • analytical frameworks
  • power, professions and health spaces
  • risk and regulation
  • perspectives for the future.

This important volume will interest social science and legal scholars researching complementary and alternative medicine, professional identify and health care regulation, as well as historians and health policymakers and regulators.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Limits and Liberties Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Power and Professionalisation in CAM Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Legal Frameworks, Professional Regulation and CAM Practice in England Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Developing Naturopathy in Interwar Britain Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Practising Ayurveda in the UK Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Shamanism and Safety Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The ‘Knowledgeable Doer’ Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The Nexus Between the Social and the Medical Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Making CAM Auditable Download PDF
Chapter  11:  The Harm Principle and Liability for CAM Practice Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Risk and Regulation Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Traditional Medicine and the Law in Kenya Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Regulation of Complementary Medicines in Australia Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Intuitive Spiritual Medicine Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Practitioners and the Canadian Health Care System Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Aspirations, Integration and the Politics of Regulation in the UK, Past and Future Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Cam and Conventional Medicine in Switzerland Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Patient Choice and Professional Regulation Download PDF
Chapter  20:  (Re)Articulating Identities Through Learning Space Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Research, Evidence and Clinical Practice in Homeopathy Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Towards a Learning Profession? Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The Relationship Between the Advancement of CAM Knowledge and the Regulation of Biomedical Research Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Concluding Chapter Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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