Brent A. Bauer, MD
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Bauer BA. Biomedicine and Alternative Healing Systems in America: Issues of Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Gender. Ann Intern Med. 2002;136:712. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-136-9-200205070-00026
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2002;136(9):712.
Baer HA. 222 pages. Madison, WI: Univ of Wisconsin Pr; 2001. $21.95. ISBN 0299166945. Order phone 773-568-1550.
Field of medicine: History of medicine, social medicine, public health, and complementary and alternative medicine.
Format: Softcover book.
Audience: Physicians and students interested in the history of alternative medical systems, complementary and alternative medicine researchers and providers, and medical history enthusiasts.
Purpose: To provide an “overview of the relationship between biomedicine and a wide array of alternative medical systems in the United States.”
Content: In nine well-written and readable chapters, Baer traces the development of biomedicine/scientific medicine as the dominant medical system in the United States. The book first reviews the pluralistic system that existed in the United States in the 1800s and then discusses osteopathic medicine, chiropractic, naturopathy, and acupuncture in detail. Other systems (such as homeopathy, herbalism, bodywork, and body–mind medicine) are also reviewed, although in less detail. The concluding chapters investigate religious and metaphysical healing systems and their relationship to established medicine. The underlying theme to this historical narrative is Baer's hypothesis that the scientific model of medicine dominates because it has served as a tool of capitalism or the “corporate class.”
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