By Robert D. Johnston

Substitute medication is usual in cutting-edge world3. this article brings combines the fields of yankee background, heritage of drugs, anthropology, sociology, and politics to counter the view that substitute clinical treatments fell into disrepute within the a long time after physicians verified their institutional authority throughout the revolutionary period.

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By their lights, homeopathy was a tool of positive eugenics, ideally suited to preventive medicine and public health programs. ”14 Claiming that scientific discoveries merely reinforced the power of unseen, nonmaterial life forces, they viewed the rising power and mutual interests of the American Medical Association and the pharmaceutical industry as evidence that pecuniary profit rather than pure science determined medical orthodoxy. Given the cultural and political dominance of mainstream medicine, AFH trustees believed that patients provided the best hope for keeping homeopathy alive.

In contrast with the standard narrative of the history of vaccinations that presents this side of the debate as dangerous and irrational, a deeper look reveals its source in divergent groups that sought to establish a dialogue among themselves, parallel to their negotiations with orthodox medicine. A historical examination of the debate surrounding vaccination as a medical procedure carried out on the public in the name of the state and public health agents opens a 26 NADAV DAVIDOVITCH window through which one can observe processes where medicine, health, and politics intersect.

Feminists demanded safer and more effective methods of birth control and sought to remove the control exercised by doctors over reproductive technology. They challenged the superiority of doctors’ so-called objective clinical knowledge over subjective knowledge based on women’s own experiences of their bodies. 66 During her 1980 internship at St. 67 Harvey was interested in a type of patient care that paid attention to the nutritional, emotional, psychological, and social needs influencing patients’ health.

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