Health and healing: spiritual, pharmaceutical, and mechanical medicine

Hutch, Richard A. (2013) Health and healing: spiritual, pharmaceutical, and mechanical medicine. Journal of Religion & Health, 52 3: 955-965. doi:10.1007/s10943-011-9545-x

Author Hutch, Richard A.
Title Health and healing: spiritual, pharmaceutical, and mechanical medicine
Journal name Journal of Religion & Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-4197
Publication date 2013-09-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10943-011-9545-x
Volume 52
Issue 3
Start page 955
End page 965
Total pages 11
Place of publication United States
Publisher Springer New York
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Modern medical practice is identified as a relatively recent way of approaching human ill health in the wide scope of how people have addressed sickness throughout history and across a wide range of cultures. The ideological biases of medical or “allopathic” (disease as “other” or “outsider”) practice are identified and grafted onto other perspectives on how people not engaged in modern medicine have achieved healing and health. Alternative forms of healing and health open a consideration of ethnomedicine, many forms of which are unknown and, hence, untested by modern medical research. Ethnomedicine the world over and throughout human history has displayed unique spiritual (vitalism), pharmaceutical (herbs/drugs), and mechanical (manipulation/surgery) approaches to treating illness. The argument is that modern allopathic medicine would do well to consider such “world medicine” as having valuable alternative and complementary therapies, the use of which could enhance contemporary medical advice and practice.
Keyword Medicine
Alternative medicine
Complementary medicine
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 27 October 2011

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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