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Buy and Download Description Perhaps the most obvious questions that arise when surprising social developments occur are: 'Who are these people? And why are they doing it?' As regards the (re-) emergence of heterodox medicine in Europe and North America during the last two decades, numerous studies were conducted to answer these two questions. Most of these studies were concerned with the patients' perspectives: Patients often turn to heterodox medicine if they suffer from non-life-threatening chronic diseases for which biomedical treatment has produced unwanted side-effects rather than an effective cure. Therefore, the promise of gentle healing in heterodox medicine is appealing (Furnham and Smith 1988, Sharma 1990). Another type of heterodox patient has ideas on health that more closely correspond with heterodox treatment than with biomedicine (Stollberg 2002). It has been argued that heterodox patients were alienated from biomedical forms of the physician-patient relationship (Fairclough 1992). Empirical evidence of harmonious interactions in heterodox medicine is, however, ambiguous (Frank 2002a). Much less is known about the motives of those practising heterodox medicine (Cant and Sharma 1999). Sharma (1992) presented a wide range of motivational factors for non-medical practitioners, partly of a practical nature (e.g., possibility of flexible part-time work). Most of her interviewees practised another — not necessarily medical — profession before taking up heterodox medicine (Sharma 1992). We can assume that motives and career patterns are different for medical doctors practising heterodox medicine, as their professional biographies involve at least a decade of biomedical training. Perhaps the most obvious questions that arise when surprising social developments occur are: 'Who are these people? And why are they doing it?' As regards the (re-) emergence of heterodox medicine in Europe and North America during the last two de
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