Medical Counterculture: Unorthodox and Alternative Medicine

12 May

The nineteenth century was a period of transition in American medicine, a  period  especially  marked  by  the  proliferation of  medical  schools, medical  societies,  medical  journals,   controversial attempts   to  secure medical licensing laws, and the emergence of new medical sciences, such as  bacteriology,   immunology,   and  physiology.   These  developments helped create a consensus among physicians as to how medicine should be practiced,  and by whom, but  many patients  rebelled against  ortho- dox therapy  and continued  to demand freedom of choice in the medical marketplace.

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