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Complement Ther Nurs Midwifery. 2004 Aug;10(3):175-85.

The geography of complementary medicine: perspectives and prospects.

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  • 1Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, 50 St George Street, Toronto, Ont., Canada M5S 3H4. g.andrews@utoronto.ca

Abstract

While complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) research has benefited from a range of social scientific perspectives, geographical contributions have been only slowly forthcoming. In this context, this paper illuminates the possibilities for CAM researchers to develop dedicated geographical perspectives. Some fundamental changes in the empirical and theoretical foci of medical/health geography are outlined, from a concern with mapping services and diseases in macro-space to investigating the dynamic between health and place. Highlighted are some important relational dynamics among CAM providers, patients/consumers and places of treatment and some general issues that could benefit from a geographical analysis. The concurrent research agenda is located across the sub-disciplinary strata of human geography.

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