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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (1 Jan 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081221398X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812213980
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,332,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This fascinating book does much to explain why so many people seek help from alternative therapies like acupuncture or herbalism, traditional Chinese medicine or other non-Western therapies."-Boston Globe "This book presents a very strong argument that medical clinicians must become more aware of their 'medicocentric' bias and learn to accord patients more authority in decisions affecting their treatment."-Journal of the American Medical Association "Healing Traditions persuasively argues for culture and belief as organizing principles in the choices patients make about whom to see and what to use in seeking relief for suffering... O'Connor offers both a breadth of material and at least the start of an approach worth considering... Healing Traditions has an important message about honoring our patients' worlds."-Annals of Internal Medicine "Well-written, timely, careful... O'Connor's book is excellent reading and provides a thorough discussion of the meaning of the cultural embeddedness of health care beliefs and behaviors using the United States as an exemplar."-Medical Anthropology Quarterly "Although O'Connor's approach is that of ethnographer rather than historian, her densely packed and imaginatively written presentation illuminates an important historical motif, the 'colonialism' of scientific medicine."-Bulletin of the History of Medicine

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Bonnie O'Connor is Associate Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. A folklorist and ethnographer, she specializes in cultural and cross-cultural issues in health care; patients' perspectives on health/illness/care; and complementary/alternative medicine (CAM), including US folk healing traditions. _Healing Traditions_ traces the many commonalities between folk healing and what is usually thought of as CAM, and addresses the cultural shaping of all healing traditions, including modern biomedicine. Two chapter-length case studies illustrate these points and their implications for both conventional clinicians and alternative practitioners.

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Throughout this century and even before, there has been a general assumption-even a conviction-in the health professions and in academia that folk and popular systems of health beliefs and practices would inevitably decline in modern and industrialized societies, falling away before the forces of modernization and progress to be replaced by modern, Western medicine. Read the first page
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