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Orthodox and Alternative Medicine
Politics, Professionalization and Health Care

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Health Care Management

200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`There's no book like it. It's Saks' subject and he's good' - Roy Porter

This fascinating book explores the changing relationship between orthodox and alternative medicine in Britain and the United States from the sixteenth century to the present day.

Mike Saks sees the development of orthodox and alternative medicine as two sides of the same coin and his analysis centers on the role of professionalization in health care. In the sixteenth century, the line between orthodox and alternative medicine was blurred. By the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the increasing professionalization of orthodox bio-medicine had marginalized medical alternatives. In recent years, following the growth of a strong counter-culture in the 1960s and 1970s, perceptions of the relationship between the two forms of practice have begun to change again. The de-professionalization of orthodox medicine is being debated, while ironically, alternative medicine has become increasingly professionalized.

Mike Saks considers the political dynamics of the process of professionalization, and looks at the dilemmas posed for both medical orthodoxy and alternative medicine in the development of a more integrated health care system in Britain and the United States in the future.

 
Introduction
 
Health Care in the Pre-Industrial Era
 
The Rise of the Medical Professions and Orthodox Biomedicine
 
The Marginalization of Alternative Medicine
 
The Development of a Medical Counter Culture
 
Health Policy Professionalization and the State
 
Conclusion

`There’s no book like it. It’s Saks’ subject and he’s good' - Roy Porter

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Mike Saks

 Professor Mike Saks is Research Professor at University Campus Suffolk (UCS), whose partners include the University of Essex and the University of East Anglia which are collaborating in the development of UCS. He studied at the University of Lancaster, University of Kent and the London School of Economics – at the latter of which he obtained a PhD in Sociology – and is a current Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He was formerly Senior Pro Vice Chancellor and Deputy to the Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln from 2002 to 2010, which enjoyed a steep rise in profile in this period. Before that he was Dean of the Faculty of... More About Author

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