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Description - The Anthropology of Alternative Medicine by Anamaria Iosif Ross

Alternative medicine is not a fashionable new trend but an established cultural strategy, as well as a dynamic feature of mainstream contemporary medicine, in which elements of folk traditions are often blended with western scientific approaches.The Anthropology of Alternative Medicine is a concise yet wide-ranging exploration of non-biomedical healing. The book addresses a broad range of practices including: substance, energy and information flows (e.g. helminthic therapy); spirit, consciousness and trance (e.g. shamanism); body, movement and the senses (e.g. reiki and aromatherapy); as well as classical medical traditions as complements or alternatives to Western biomedicine (e.g. Ayurveda). Exploring the cultural underpinnings of contemporary healing methods, while assessing current ideas, topics and resources for further study, this book will be invaluable to undergraduate and graduate students in anthropology, sociology, psychology, and health related professions such as nursing, physical and occupational therapy, and biomedicine.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781845208028
ISBN-10: 1845208021
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 156mm x 12mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2012
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Anamaria Iosif Ross

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

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