Integrating East Asian Medicine into Contemporary Healthcare - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780702030215, 9780702048364

Integrating East Asian Medicine into Contemporary Healthcare

1st Edition

Editors: Volker Scheid Hugh MacPherson
eBook ISBN: 9780702048364
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 18th October 2011
Page Count: 256

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Traditional East Asian healthcare systems have moved rapidly from the fringes of healthcare systems in the West towards the centre over the past 50 years. This change of status for traditional medicines presents their practitioners with both opportunities and challenges as the focus shifts from one of opposition towards one of integration into biomedically dominated healthcare systems.

Integrating East Asian Medicine into Contemporary Healthcare examines the opportunities and challenges of integrating East Asian medicine into Western healthcare systems from an interdisciplinary perspective. Volker Scheid and Hugh MacPherson bring together contributions from acknowledged experts from a number of different disciplines - including clinical researchers, Chinese Medicine practitioners, historians, medical anthropologists, experts in the social studies of science, technology and medicine - to examine and debate the impact of the evidence-based medicine movement on the ongoing modernization of East Asian medicines. The book considers the following questions:

•What are the values, goals and ethics implicit within traditional East Asian medical practices?

• What claims to effectiveness and safety are made by East Asian medical practices?

•What is at stake in subjecting these medical practices to biomedical models of evaluation?

• What constitutes best practice? How is it to be defined and measured?

• What are the ideologies and politics behind the process of integration of East Asian medical practices into modern health care systems?

• What can we learn from a variety of models of integration into contemporary healthcare?


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About the Editors

Volker Scheid

Volker Scheid

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Fellow, School of Integrated Health, University of Westminster; Practitioner and Teacher of Chinese Medicine, UK

Hugh MacPherson

Hugh MacPherson

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, UK