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Borderland Practices: Regulating Alternative Therapies in New Zealand Kevin Dew

Borderland Practices: Regulating Alternative Therapies in New Zealand

Kevin Dew

Published June 1st 2003
ISBN : 9781877276521
Paperback
176 pages
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 About the Book 

This book looks at the status of orthodox and alternative therapies and practitioners in New Zealands primary health care. It is a rapidly changing picture, as some alternative therapies may be practiced by general practitioners as well asMoreThis book looks at the status of orthodox and alternative therapies and practitioners in New Zealands primary health care. It is a rapidly changing picture, as some alternative therapies may be practiced by general practitioners as well as alternative therapists, and some therapies are no longer alternative. One theme of the book is that terms such as science, unorthodoxy and incompetence have tended to change in meaning over time and place. Some of the challenges to orthodox medicine of the 20th century, such as chiropractic and acupuncture, are now accepted practice. Another theme is the actual and potential limitation of alternative therapeutic practices. The health reforms have led to efforts to develop formulas that will guide the therapeutic actions of medical practitioners, but individual practitioners make their own judgments about patient care. How the delivery of care is regulated and funded are questions that dont go away, and the author looks at possible models before making some concluding remarks.