'There s no book like it. It s Saks subject and he s good' - "Roy
This fascinating book explores the changing relationship between
orthodox and alternative medicine in Britain and the United States
from the 16th century to the present day. Mike Saks sees the
development of orthodox and alternative medicine as two sides of
the same coin and his analysis centers on the role of
professionalization in health care. In the sixteenth century, the
line between orthodox and alternative medicine was blurred. By the
nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the increasing
professionalization of orthodox bio-medicine had marginalized
medical alternatives. In recent years, following the growth of a
strong counter-culture in the 1960s and 1970s, perceptions of the
relationship between the two forms of practice have begun to change
again. The de-professionalization of orthodox medicine is being
debated, while ironically, alternative medicine has become
Mike Saks considers the political dynamics of the process of
professionalization, and looks at the dilemmas posed for both
medical orthodoxy and alternative medicine in the development of a
more integrated health care system in Britain and America in the
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