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What Is Medicine?Western and Eastern Approaches to Healing$
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Paul Unschuld

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257658

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257658.001.0001

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Nonmedical Healing

Nonmedical Healing

10 Nonmedical Healing
What Is Medicine?

Paul U. Unschuld

University of California Press

The medical healing has been accompanied by nonmedical healing for several years and it is unlikely to change in the future. Nonmedical healing is unscientific healing, a term used in reference to the vast number of conventions that have found their way into the explanation and therapy of illness. The ideals of university education are solely oriented toward the goal of medical healing, although a closer look reveals that many medically uncharted areas are supplemented by nonmedical healing. Nonmedical healing has survived, on the one hand, as a kind of gapfiller for the areas where science could not yet take hold and on the other hand, it also survives independently, on equal footing with medicine. Nonmedical healing has many positive effects although the science has not explained every detail in the long chain of biochemical and biophysical events that account for the effects of leg compresses or quark compresses. These methods have their positive effects, and so they also have an unlimited future.

Keywords:   nonmedical healing, therapy of illness, medical healing, biophysical events, commercial medicines

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