Alternative Medicine?: A History

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Hailed as "elegant and engaging" and "a fascinating journey from east to west and back again" (Financial Times), this fascinating volume offers a sweeping comparative account of alternative medicine over four hundred years. Comparing the medical systems of China, India, and the west (both mainstream and alternative), historian Roberta Bivins ranges across the centuries and the continents, mapping the transmission of medical expertise from one culture to another and laying bare the roots of today's distinctions between alternative, complementary, and orthodox medicine. Bivins uses a wealth of illuminating and entertaining historical examples--from horse-racing English earls to desperate missionaries in 17th-century Indonesia, and from hypnotism in the British Raj to homeopathy in the American Wild West--to underscore the vital point that the cross-cultural transmission of medical knowledge and expertise, even alternative medical knowledge and expertise, is not a uniquely contemporary phenomenon, but has a long and fascinating pedigree. Anyone interested in meditation, acupuncture, herbal supplements, T'ai Chi, and so on will find in this volume a wealth of fascinating information on alternative and traditional medicine.

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Roberta Bivins is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Warwick.

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Review from previous edition: "A brilliant foil to the privileging of Western medicine, this is cross-cultural history at its best - lively, acute, richly informative, and wonderfully revealing."

--Roger Cooter, Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London

"Extremely engaging... an imaginative, elegantly written and well constructed account, combining accessibility with good scholarship in the best possible way"

--Carsten Timmermann, University of Manchester

"Ground breaking... Roberta Bivins demonstrates the complex routes that medical knowledge and practice travelled, east to west, north to south, and back again... and disrupts our contemporary notions of "alternative" medicine."

--Allan M. Brandt, author of The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product that Defined America

"I recommend this book to anyone with more than a passing interest in 'alternative' medicine."

--Edzard Ernst, author of The Desktop Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine

"Roberta Bivins does a much-needed service to history and medicine by demonstrating that 'alternative medicine' is nothing new, but is as old as the first globalizing exchanges between Europe and Asia in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Medicine has seldom been so powerfully presented
in its diverse cultural and changing historical contexts. A fascinating and richly illuminating book."

--David Arnold, University of Warwick

"It is well written, concise, yet wide-ranging."

--British Journal for the History of Science 2009

"This well-written and painstakingly researched book would enhance any history of medicine collection."

--Doody's Notes April 08

"[an] elegant and engaging book...Bivins takes us on a fascinating journey from east to west and back again"

--Financial Times 20/10/2007

"This compact, densely written history effectively demonstrates how alternative medicine has survived and prospered in the 21st century."

--The Independent 26/10/07

"A fascinating read... illuminating book"

--Nayanah Siva, New Scientist 03/11/2007

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