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By James C. Whorton

From reflexology and rolfing to shiatsu and dream paintings, we're faced this day by way of a welter of other clinical remedies. yet as James Whorton exhibits in Nature Cures, the hot explosion in replacement drugs really displays centuries of pageant and clash among mainstream medication and diverse unorthodox platforms.
this can be the 1st finished heritage of different drugs in the US, reading the key platforms that experience emerged from 1800 to the current. Writing with wit and with equity to each side, Whorton bargains a desirable examine replacement future health platforms corresponding to homeopathy, water treatments, Mesmerism, Christian technology, osteopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, and acupuncture. He highlights the delivery and development of every process (including ecu roots the place acceptable) and vividly describes either the theories and the remedies built inside of each one process, together with such doubtful practices as hour-long walks barefoot in snow or Samuel Thompson's "puking and steaming" routine. particularly, Whorton illuminates the philosophy of "natural therapeutic" that has been espoused through replacement practitioners all through heritage and the exact interpretations of "nature treatment" constructed by way of different platforms. notwithstanding he does not hesitate to show the issues of those platforms, he additionally indicates that a few "cult medications" have ultimately gained acceptance from practitioners of mainstream medicine.
all through, Whorton writes with a gentle contact and charges from modern humorists equivalent to Mark Twain. His e-book is a fascinating and authoritative heritage that highlights the process substitute drugs within the united states, delivering necessary heritage to the big variety of cures to be had today.

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The great error of the regulars’ practice of venesection, Thomson maintained, was that bleeding reduced fever; his rule, in effect, was that one should feed a fever and starve the cold. ” His approach had “always been . . ”8 The Thomsonian System of Treatment Since his drugs assisted nature through a variety of ways, Thomson organized them into six distinct categories according to mode of action. ” Th’ Emetic number ONE’s design’d A gen’ral med’cine for mankind, Of every country, clime, or place, Wide as the circle of our race.

One sees it, for instance, in a novel by Oliver Wendell Holmes published in 1861. One of the main characters in Elsie Venner: A Romance of Destiny is a physician, “old 16 THE NINETEENTH CENTURY: NATURAL HEALING Doctor Kittredge,” who voices his fear that science is beginning to replace sympathy in the physician’s repertoire. Responding to a younger man’s question about his proficiency in the latest medical science, the old doctor assures him that “I don’t want to undervalue your science, Mr. Langdon.

Hot peppers promoted sweating as well, which served to dislodge and eliminate those impure products of canker and putrefaction. The same was accomplished by “injections” (in those prehypodermic days, “injection” always meant “enema”), which scoured the intestines, and by steam baths, which added heat to the body at the same time they flushed it clean with perspiration. All those disparate therapies found by trial and error were linked together by their opposition to cold and its morbific offspring and their support of nature’s power of heat.

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