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Bounding Biomedicine: Evidence and Rhetoric in the New Science of Alternative Medicine

Colleen Derkatch


This book investigates scientific studies of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as episodes of scientific boundary work that shift, and then seek to fix, the boundaries between what counts as proper medical science and what does not. Drawing on scholarship in rhetoric of science and medicine and science and technology studies, it shows how biomedicine itself responds to challenges both to its borders and its social and epistemic authority. Set against the backdrop of evidence-based medicine, it examines the rhetorical constituents of biomedical boundary work by analyzing a set of CAM ... More

Keywords: complementary and alternative medicine, boundary work, rhetoric of science, rhetoric of medicine, science and technology studies, evidence-based medicine, medical discourse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226345840
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226345987.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colleen Derkatch, author
University in Toronto