TITLE

Explaining the growth of complementary and alternative medicine

AUTHOR(S)
Coulter, Ian; Willis, Evan
PUB. DATE
October 2007
SOURCE
Health Sociology Review;Oct2007, Vol. 16 Issue 3/4, p214
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In this analytic review, the authors consider the 'boom' in demand for the services of practitioners of modalities of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The evidence for the increase in demand for these services is reviewed and explanations for this phenomenon considered and evaluated. Two particular explanations are considered: the postmodern thesis and the gendered spirituality thesis, as well as more general changes in society. Finally the paper considers the role of the social sciences in the legitimation and increasing use of CAM. The paper concludes that the trend is likely to continue, as will the role of social scientists in observing and documenting CAM.
ACCESSION #
32585452

 

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