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The Economic Future in Historical Perspective$
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Paul A. David and Mark Thomas

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263471

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263471.001.0001

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Producing Health in Past and Present: The Changing Roles of Scientific and Alternative Medicine

Producing Health in Past and Present: The Changing Roles of Scientific and Alternative Medicine

Chapter:
(p.439) 15. Producing Health in Past and Present: The Changing Roles of Scientific and Alternative Medicine
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The Economic Future in Historical Perspective
Author(s):

Anne Digby

Sheila Ryan Johansson

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263471.003.0016

This chapter explores some issues raised by historical changes in the positions of scientific and alternative medicine in health care provision, pointing out parallels between the coexistence of modern and traditional healers. It argues that in both developed and developing countries, maximizing the production of health-related welfare may require the continued existence of these two medical systems.

Keywords:   scientific medicine, alternative medicine, health care, modern healers, traditional healers, medical systems

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