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By James C. Whorton

From reflexology and rolfing to shiatsu and dream paintings, we're faced at the present time by means of a welter of different clinical remedies. yet as James Whorton exhibits in Nature Cures, the new explosion in substitute drugs really displays centuries of festival and clash among mainstream medication and various unorthodox structures.
this can be the 1st entire historical past of different medication in the USA, analyzing the foremost platforms that experience emerged from 1800 to the current. Writing with wit and with equity to either side, Whorton bargains a desirable examine substitute wellbeing and fitness platforms equivalent to homeopathy, water remedies, Mesmerism, Christian technological know-how, osteopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, and acupuncture. He highlights the delivery and progress of every process (including ecu roots the place applicable) and vividly describes either the theories and the cures built inside of each one method, together with such doubtful practices as hour-long walks barefoot in snow or Samuel Thompson's "puking and steaming" routine. specifically, Whorton illuminates the philosophy of "natural therapeutic" that has been espoused by way of replacement practitioners all through background and the targeted interpretations of "nature treatment" constructed through the several structures. notwithstanding he does not hesitate to show the flaws of those structures, he additionally indicates that a few "cult medicinal drugs" have finally received reputation from practitioners of mainstream medicine.
all through, Whorton writes with a gentle contact and fees from modern humorists reminiscent of Mark Twain. His e-book is an interesting and authoritative historical past that highlights the process substitute medication within the united states, delivering precious heritage to the wide variety of remedies on hand today.

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