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A foot in both worlds: education and the transformation of chinese medicine in the United States.
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PMID:  23206172     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Although insufficiently studied, schools of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) provide substantial insight into the transformation of medicine in the United States. Scholars have suggested that the increasing acceptance of CAM is due to its alignment with biomedical models of professionalization, education, research, and practice. At West Coast University, students of acupuncture and Oriental medicine learn to straddle both Western and Eastern medical worlds through an increasingly science-oriented curriculum and the inculcation of professional values associated with West Coast University's emphasis upon integration with Western medicine as a means of achieving professional status and legitimacy vis-à-vis the dominant biomedical paradigm. The implications of integration with biomedicine for the identity of Chinese medicine are discussed: from the perspective of critical medical anthropology, integration reproduces biomedical hegemony; paving the way toward co-optation of Chinese medicine, the subordination of its practitioners, and, ultimately, the constraint of medical pluralism in the United States.
Hannah Flesch
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical anthropology     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1545-5882     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Anthropol     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2012-12-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7707343     Medline TA:  Med Anthropol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  8-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
a McMaster University , Hamilton , Ontario , Canada.
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