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Producing Health in Past and Present: The Changing Roles of Scientific and Alternative Medicine

Anne Digby and Sheila Ryan Johansson

in The Economic Future in Historical Perspective

Published by British Academy

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780197263471
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734786 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263471.003.0016

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

Producing Health in Past and Present: The Changing Roles of Scientific and Alternative Medicine

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This chapter explores some issues raised by historical changes in the positions of scientific and alternative medicine in health care provision, pointing out parallels between the coexistence of modern and traditional healers. It argues that in both developed and developing countries, maximizing the production of health-related welfare may require the continued existence of these two medical systems.

Keywords: scientific medicine; alternative medicine; health care; modern healers; traditional healers; medical systems

Chapter.  8510 words. 

Subjects: Economic History

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