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By Tom Heller, Geraldine Lee-Treweek, Jeanne Katz, Julie Stone, Sue Spurr

This e-book explores the difficult concerns linked to complementary and substitute drugs within the context of the social, political and cultural affects that form people's health.

Divided basically into 3 sections, this book:

  • sets out the final context of social swap, intake and debate round the upward thrust of public curiosity in CAM
  • argues for and opposed to various classifications of CAM
  • critically assesses the significance of ethics and values to CAM perform and the way those tell what practitioners do
  • focuses at the query of what humans wish, the altering and contested nature of wellbeing and fitness, and the character of non-public and social components linked to using CAM, resulting in a spotlight on 'therapeutic relationships'
  • examines the range of settings during which CAM occurs and the social, political and financial milieu within which CAM is equipped and used.

Together with its accompanying textual content, Complementary and replacement medication: buildings and Safeguards, it types the middle textual content for the Open collage direction K221 views on Complementary and replacement Medicine.

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It is impossible to assess how much the use of negative terms has contributed to the marginalisation of CAM, both in the public’s mind and in terms of health service provision. It is no coincidence that the most disparaging names for CAM often come from members of the medical profession even though the prevailing view of CAM has softened considerably: for example, see Morrell (2001) for a discussion of the pejorative use of the term ‘quackery’. Many doctors in the UK now support the use of CAM.

Do you think this reveals anything about the beliefs and values of the people using these terms? Comment This activity demonstrates how difficult it is to find terms that appropriately encapsulate the vast array of interventions that make up CAM. Some of the terms relate to the ‘natural’ or non-reductionist nature of CAM: seeing the whole person rather than their symptoms or the results of tests. Other terms include ‘holistic’ medicine, or ‘médécin douce’ in France (‘sweet’ or ‘soft’ medicine).

ACTIVITY OFFERING ADVICE TO LOUISE Allow 15 minutes Louise finds herself in a diverse CAM marketplace, being given advice from a range of sources, and trying to decide how to proceed with her health problem. For this activity you will try to give Louise advice on what she could do next. The resources you can use include your own knowledge of ‘bad backs’ and any information you may have on CAM. If you are a practitioner in this field, you could imagine you are a lay person and think about what they might suggest for Louise.

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