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The Healing Gods: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Christian America

Candy Brown


This book explains how and why complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) entered the American biomedical mainstream and won acceptance from evangelical Christians—although much of CAM is religious, but not distinctively Christian, and lacks scientific evidence of efficacy and safety. CAM providers make religious or spiritual assumptions about why CAM works: assumptions informed by religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism (Daoism) forged in Asia, or metaphysical spiritual traditions developed in Europe and North America. Before the 1960s, most of the practices considered in this book ... More

Keywords: complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), holistic healthcare, integrative medicine, religion, science, biomedical mainstream, evangelical Christians, biomedical ethics, tort law, constitutional law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199985784
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199985784.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Candy Brown, author
Indiana University, Bloomington