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Buy and Download Description Societal processes are to some extent mirrored by transformation of the medical system of a given society. Among others, a symptom of the weakening of the predominant health care system with the underlying biomedical approach is exactly the appearance and spreading of different alternative forms of medicine spanning from traditional oriental medicine to distant energy healing, etc. In Hungary we are witnessing a significant increase of using alternative medicine (AM) both by visiting a practitioner and by buying, trying and applying herbal remedies and other alternative self-curing facilities. To understand the background and get a chance to discover reasons and patterns behind this phenomenon it is useful to obtain some empirical and quantitative data on the social reality related to it. Recently we have conducted a health-sociological research in Hungary, the aim of which was (1) to estimate the prevalence of, and likely, use of AM among the Hungarian population; (2) to identify demographic features of users of AM in order to refute the commonly held belief that AM in Hungary mainly serves as the last chance of desperate, credulous, naïve or poor people; (3) to investigate how AM use is associated with general health status; and (4) to obtain data about how AM is connected to the habits of turning to physicians and how we can describe as accurately as possible what actually is the role played by AM in the Hungarian health care system (Buda et al. 2002). Societal processes are to some extent mirrored by transformation of the medical system of a given society. Among others, a symptom of the weakening of the predominant health care system with the underlying biomedical approach is exactly the appear
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