Journal article

The sociopolitical status of US naturopathy at the dawn of the 21st century

HA Baer

MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY QUARTERLY | AMER ANTHROPOLOGICAL ASSOC | Published : 2001

Abstract

Naturopathic medicine in the United States had its inception around the turn of the 20th century. Subsequently, it underwent a process of relatively rapid growth until around the 1930s, followed by a period of gradual decline almost to the point of extinction due to biomedical opposition and the advent of "miracle drugs." Because its therapeutic eclecticism had preadapted it to fit into the holistic health movement that emerged in the 1970s, it was able to undergo a process of organizational rejuvenation during the last two decades of the century. Nevertheless, U.S. naturopathy as a professionalized heterodox medical system faces several dilemmas as it enters the new millennium. These includ..

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