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"An important book and an informative, challenging and fun read. Goldstein's Alternative Health Care is the first, and greatly needed, extended overview of alternative health care, its development, and its impact." --Alexandra Todd, Professor and Chair of Sociology at Suffolk University "...[C]learly supportive of alternative medicine, [Goldstein] provides a logical explanation for its popularity that might enlighten its opponents. He explains alternative health care in the context of the problems with conventional health care. Indeed, looking at how these two worlds fit together or react to each other yields valuable information on how each field can respond better to patients." --Los Angeles Times

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What is alternative medicine? Why is it so popular? What's its future in American health care? --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press; 1 edition (February 17, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566396786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566396783
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By on April 16, 1999
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UCLA's Michael S. Goldstein has written the definitive study of alternative health care. His superb book provides a fascinating description of the therapies now in use, and for that alone his book will reach a broad public. But his task is much more than description, and he offers an impressive analysis of why alternative health care is becoming such a major force in American life. Growing out of well-founded grievances with the dominant biomedical system of care, alternative health care offers 'age-old wisdom made new.' Goldstein has mastered a vast literature to generate a clear picture of the core beliefs and practices of alternative medicine and its relationship to religion, politics and the broader health care system. He concludes with an examination of a future that may include even more growth but also the risk of assimilation into mainstream health care. Anyone concerned about his or her own personal health or about the future of American health care must read this excellent book.
George W. Dowdall; Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Sociology; St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia.
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