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A list of key readings about Alternative medicine (theories).
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A philosophical analysis of the evidence-based medicine debate[1] attempts to clarify the nature of evidence-based medicine by performing a philosophical analysis of its relationship with alternative medicine.

Alternative Medicine: A "Mirror Image" for Scientific Reasoning in Conventional Medicine[2], using the example of homeopathy comes to the conclusion that alternative medicine is often demarcated from conventional medicine based not on evidence, but on preconceptions. The "crossword analogy" of philosopher Susan Haack is used to explain the status of alternative medicine.

Ethics and Complementary and Alternative medicine in Conversations in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (page 22) By Norma G. Cuellar, editor

In Médecins et sorciers (Physicians and sorcerers),[3] philosopher Isabelle Stengers and Tobie Nathan examine the philosophical implications of taking traditional healing modalities seriously: 1) disease is not in the subject, but in nature; 2) the sick person is a messenger, not a victim; 3) disease is an occasion to integrate the person in society, not to isolate him or her.


  1. Sehon, S.R.; Stanley, D.E. (2003), "A philosophical analysis of the evidence-based medicine debate", BMC Health Serv Res 3 (14): 1472–6963, DOI:10.1186/1472-6963-3-14. Retrieved on 2009-01-03
  2. Vandenbroucke, J.P.; De Craen, A.J.M. (2001), "Alternative Medicine: A "Mirror Image" for Scientific Reasoning in Conventional Medicine", Annals of Internal Medicine 135 (7): 507–513. Retrieved on 2009-01-03
  3. Nathan, T. & I. Stengers (1995), Médecins et sorciers