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Max Haubold Anthropology 101 11/18/08 Clay Stuart First Paper The theory of alternate healing systems brings with it much criticism from those unwilling to stray from more concrete and proven methods. This seems only counterproductive however, as the only way to make progress is to take risks and do things that have not been done before. This has been exemplified throughout history not only medically, but technologically, politically, and socially as well. This being said, utilizing alternate methods of healing should not be seen as completely revolutionary. Examples of these alternate methods, hypnosis for instance, can be found throughout history and the present within different cultures. We have conquered flight, braved the depths of the ocean, and even sent men into space, all proving that with risk can come great achievement. Controversy surrounding alternate healing systems is a child of culturally induced personality. In our society, we demand something tangible be associated with change. Nothing can happen without obtaining a stimulus that a person can touch and see. Even in religion, belief is not solely that, but must be accompanied by items. Candles, special foods, books, art, so many things more than just the idea of a higher being create religion. This formulates a distrust of alternate forms of healing in modern medicine, namely those without a logical process or ones which have not been “proven” to work. The field has evolved to what it is today because people could physically realize the medicine being employed. Early surgeons could see what killed
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people and what did not. Different drugs could be tested on animals and then humans to obtain cures. The healing techniques of other cultures, such as hypnosis, have not been explored, always considered “make-believe” because they relied too heavily on things we as a culture could not fully understand or follow. Combating this, the viability of set and setting influence has achieved acceptance and upon analysis can be seen as the backbone of alternate healing methods such as
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2011 for the course ANTH 101 taught by Professor Scarre during the Spring '07 term at UNC.

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