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How 'alternative' is CAM? Rethinking conventional dichotomies between biomedicine and complementary/alternative medicine.
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PMID:  22694916     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The aim of this article is to interrogate the pervasive dichotomization of 'conventional' and 'alternative' therapies in popular, academic and medical literature. Specifically, I rethink the concepts such as holism, vitalism, spirituality, natural healing and individual responsibility for health care as taken-for-granted alternative ideologies. I explore how these ideologies are not necessarily 'alternative', but integral to the practice of clinical medicine as well as socially and culturally dominant values, norms and practices related to health and health care in Canada and elsewhere. These reflections address both theoretical and applied concerns central to the study of integration of different medical practices in western industrialized nations such as Canada. Overall, in examining homologies present in both biomedicine and complementary/alternative medicine (CAM), this article rethinks major social practices against binary oppositions by illustrating through literature review that the biomedical and CAM models may be homologous in their original inceptions and in recent cross-fertilizations towards a rigorous approach in medicine. By highlighting biomedicine and CAM as homologous symbolic systems, this article also sheds light on the potential for enhancing dialogue between diverse perspectives to facilitate an integrative health care system that meets multiple consumer needs.
Ana M Ning
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health (London, England : 1997)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1461-7196     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
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Created Date:  2012-6-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9800465     Medline TA:  Health (London)     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
King's University College at The University of Western Ontario, Canada.
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