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Alternative Medicine and American Religious Life Hardcover – August 24, 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0195057751 ISBN-10: 0195057759 Edition: 1ST

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1ST edition (August 24, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195057759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195057751
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,049,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert C. Fuller is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Director of the University Honors Program at Bradley University. He is the author of Americans and the Unconscious, Mesmerism and the American Cure of Souls, and Religion and the Life Cycle.

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Robert Fuller is a professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Bradley University. This book is a fascinating and informative history (published in 1989, at the crest of the "New Age" movement in popular culture), beginning in the early 19th century, of alternative health movements.

Beginning with movements such as Mesmerism and Swedenborgianism, and proceeding to figures such as Samuel Thomson (the "father of American herbalism," who "surmised that there was only one cause of disease, cold, and one cure, heat"), and then covering the early practices of Hydropathy (originated in Austria by Vincent Priessnitz), which was first strongly advocated in this country by Joel Shew. Fuller also covers briefly the influence of Ellen G. White (the "prophetess" of the Seventh-Day Adventist movement) in the field.

Extensive treatment is given to Daniel David Palmer (founder of Chiropractic), with Fuller observing that "Today's chiropractor is well aware that there is no single cause of disease." He also covers Andrew Taylor Still and Osteopathy, noting that "There is... strong evidence suggesting that Palmer borrowed freely from Still's teachings in the development of his own system."

The book finishes with a section on "New Age and Crystal Healing."

This book is highly recommended reading for anyone interested in Alternative Healing, New Age Healing, and particularly the history of such practices.
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