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Nonmedical Healing

Paul U. Unschuld

in What Is Medicine?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257658
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520257658.003.0010
Nonmedical Healing

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The medical healing has been accompanied by nonmedical healing for several years and it is unlikely to change in the future. Nonmedical healing is unscientific healing, a term used in reference to the vast number of conventions that have found their way into the explanation and therapy of illness. The ideals of university education are solely oriented toward the goal of medical healing, although a closer look reveals that many medically uncharted areas are supplemented by nonmedical healing. Nonmedical healing has survived, on the one hand, as a kind of gapfiller for the areas where science could not yet take hold and on the other hand, it also survives independently, on equal footing with medicine. Nonmedical healing has many positive effects although the science has not explained every detail in the long chain of biochemical and biophysical events that account for the effects of leg compresses or quark compresses. These methods have their positive effects, and so they also have an unlimited future.

Keywords: nonmedical healing; therapy of illness; medical healing; biophysical events; commercial medicines

Chapter.  1064 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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