The (Alternative) Medicalization of Life

  title={The (Alternative) Medicalization of Life},
  author={L. Schneiderman},
  journal={The Journal of Law, Medicine \& Ethics},
  pages={191 - 197}
The writers in this symposium are drawn together under the topic of medicine — not to discuss any new discovery in the prevention or treatment of disease. Quite the contrary. We are drawn here to consider a phenomenon. We are here to consider whether a collective romantic fantasy called alternative medicine that has seized our society really deserves the acclaim it is receiving. This, for the most part, is what people like us do when we gather in symposia or meetings to discuss alternative… Expand
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Pragmatic pluralism: mutual tolerance of contested understandings between orthodox and alternative practitioners in autologous stem cell transplantation.
Examination of narrative-style interviews with ASCT patients and nine of their carers conducted at the time of transplant and three months later finds patients and carers seemed to recognise that alternative and conventional systems were discordant, yet they were able to separate the two, and adhere to each practice without prejudicing their medical treatment. Expand
Prevenção quaternária e práticas integrativas e complementares em saúde (I): aproximação fundamental
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National Policy on CAM: The White House Commission Report
  • K. Boozang
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
  • 2003
The White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine's charge presumed the safety and efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and its final report skirts the fundamental question of whether evidence exists that CAM interventions are safe or offer sufficient benefit to justify their proliferation. Expand
Fructans as Immunomodulatory and Antiviral Agents: The Case of Echinacea
This review aims to highlight the occurrence of inulin-type fructans in Echinacea derived formulations and the potential role they play in immunomodulation. Expand
Plant-derived medicines: a novel class of immunological adjuvants.
The identification and characterization of plant compounds that augment new or existing vaccines, and in particular mucosally administered vaccines, will be of significant interest to vaccinologists and immunologists. Expand
Proceeding with Caution: The Medicalization of Chronic Back Pain
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Plant Genes and Plant Proteins as Adjuvants in Cancer Vaccination
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The Placebo Effect in Alternative Medicine: Can the Performance of a Healing Ritual Have Clinical Significance?
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  • L. Schneiderman
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
  • 2000
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Early uses of hypnosis as surgical anesthesia.
  • M. A. Gravitz
  • Medicine
  • The American journal of clinical hypnosis
  • 1988
The modality proved to be useful in numerous instances during a period of medical history when surgery was a distinct risk and frequently a death sentence for the patient. Expand
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  • L. Schneiderman
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Cambridge quarterly of healthcare ethics : CQ : the international journal of healthcare ethics committees
  • 1998
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