This book chronicles the transformation of the holistic health movement as it increasingly influences the delivery of health care in America. He describes the battle for legitimacy by alternative therapeutic practitioners, and the increasing interest by the biomedical profession in the possibilities of a complementary and integrative medical system. Baer shows ironically, how the holistic movement may ultimately become more limited as it gains acceptance and is integrated into mainstream medicine.
Hans A. Baer is professor of anthropology at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.
Chapter 1: The Rise of the Holistic Health/New Ageism as a Popular Movement Chapter 2: The Growing Interest of Biomedical Physicians and Nurses in Alternative Medicine Chapter 3: Legitimizing Heterodox Medical Systems: Chiropractic, Naturopathy, and Acupuncture Chapter 4: The Drive for Professionalization: Homeopathy, Herbalism, Bodywork, Body/Mind Therapy, Psychic and Spiritual Healers, Lay Midwifery Chapter 5: The Growing Interest of Governmental and Insurance Companies in Alternative Medicine Chapter 6: Deconstructing Andrew Weil and Deepak Chopra: Coopting a Popular Health Movement Chapter 7: Impediments and Possibilities for an Authentic Holistic Health System