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The Anthropology of Alternative Medicine


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Chapter 1: Alternative Medicine in the 21st Century Chapter 2: Substance, Energy and Information Flows Chapter 3: Spirit, Consciousness and Trance Chapter 4: Body, Movement and The Senses Conclusion

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The Anthropology of Alternative Medicine is a concise yet wide-ranging exploration of the cultural underpinnings of non-biomedical healing.

About the Author

Anamaria Iosif Ross is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Utica College, USA.


Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. * CHOICE *
In recognising that the label of alternative medicine has a multiplicity of meanings, Ross maintains that what constitutes alternative medicine is relative in that 'what is deemed alternative at a particular time and place is often a mainstream practice in another time and place' (p. 5) ... Chapters 2-4 constitute a tour d'force of numerous alternative medical systems around the world ... her readable book has the potential to serve as an excellent supplementary textbook in an introductory medical anthropology course or a course on medical pluralism. * The Australian Journal of Anthropology [2013; 24(2): 220-221] *
This author helps us explore the meanings of practices, whether they be traditional or orthodox ... Highly recommended for students of anthropology, sociology ... courses. * www.fidelius-reviews.blogspot.co.uk/ *
The book is a tour de force of 'facts' interwoven with narratives on diverse traditions and therapies within the field of alternative medicine ... I would recommend, 'sit back and go with the flow' and this slim volume will generate new thoughts and topics for discussion, regardless of your discipline or experience. * www.centreformedicalhumanities.org *
Mentioned in * Anthropological Notebooks *

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