Nature Cures: The History of Alternative Medicine in America by James C. Whorton

By James C. Whorton

The worth of this ebook to me is the ancient context of the someday strained dating among traditional drugs and "western medicine". background certainly repeats itself. usual, substitute medication grew out of a disenchantment with conventional medication. As this day, humans all started trying to find solutions except what they have been receiving from their medical professionals. The tales are informative and illuminating and very support one comprehend the chasm among the 2 worlds. i haven't accomplished the ebook so i'm easily on the degree of figuring out the matter. i'm hoping the booklet bargains a few kind of answer that permits those polarized aspects with related desire for results to interact on what may get us out of the healthcare obstacle we're at the moment in.

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Further, the quickening pace of professionalization of American medicine that was evident by 1800 generated opposition. Eighteenth-century medical practice had been only loosely organized and regulated, an activity in which just about anyone was free to participate. But as medical schools were established during the second half of the century, and as medical societies were formed and medical journals launched, medical practice took on the lineaments of exclusivity, an endeavor restricted to those who had the right training and adhered to the right theories and practices.

The separating out of botanicals played effectively on popular enthusiasm for Romanticism, the philosophical and artistic movement that looked to primitive society as the natural and purest state of human existence and doted on the natural world as the source of beauty and spiritual inspiration. Delicate, scented, colorful flowers and towering, leafy trees evoked the beauty of nature in a way hard, sharp minerals never could, and plant products were easily imagined to be wholly beneficent. ”18 Defenders of orthodox medicine reminded the forgetful laity time and again that nicotine, strychnine, and many other plant substances were deadlier than any minerals.

With calomel,” regular doctors complained, “all minerals have been dragged in, and receive the same sentence of condemnation, for no other reason but . . ”17 In setting upon the chase, Thomsonians ignored the fact that some of the most active drugs prescribed by orthodox practitioners were of vegetable origin. They simply dictated that the world of medicine could be divided into two realms, mineral practice and vegetable practice, and that the latter was as safe and in keeping with nature’s ways as the former was destructive and antinatural.

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