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Throughout the history of American medicine patients have sought health care from non-physicians; millions continue to be treated by alternative providers. Despite the persistence and prevalence of unorthodox healers, few physicians seriously consider why patients find such alternatives attractive and what this attraction suggests about orthodox medicine. This book is an excellent introduction to issues surrounding the "other healers."
In the opening chapter Norman Gevitz notes that most discussions of unorthodox medicine have been generated either by advocates or opponents, resulting in heavily skewed arguments. By adopting what Gevitz terms "the scholarly perspective," which eschews normative evaluations and instead tries
Other Healers: Unorthodox Medicine in America. Ann Intern Med. ;111:547. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-111-6-547_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;111(6):547.
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