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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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The More Things Change

The More Things Change

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97 The More Things Change
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What Is Medicine?
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Paul U. Unschuld

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520257658.003.0097

With new forms of medicines coming into play, real money is now flowing elsewhere. The change can be real, or it can merely play itself out in people's heads. It either pulls the entire population towards it, or a part of it. But this part, also is a substantial part. The part of the population that is not attracted towards it is the part that resists change and clings to the preexisting. This chapter poses the question as to what are the factors that make people resist this change. The answer lies in the fact that people feel safe inside the cage of convention and yell out their horror from within. The momentum of molecular, biological medicine is what is so horrifying. This chapter concludes by posing a question whether it is possible to interpret the relationships and cognitive dynamics of the present from a proper distance.

Keywords:   new forms, medicine, change, cognitive dynamics

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