The role of image systems in complementary medicine

Stibbe, Arran ORCID: 0000-0002-3854-9854 (1998) The role of image systems in complementary medicine. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 6 (4). pp. 190-194. doi:10.1016/S0965-2299(98)80027-7

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One way of dealing with complex and mysterious phenomena such as illness is to think about them using image systems based on metaphors. The image systems of conventional Western medicine are centred on a series of metaphors including ‘illness is a fight’, ‘the body is a machine’ and ‘illness is a puzzle’. However, these metaphors have been criticized from a variety of sources for focusing attention away from the human needs of the patient. This paper investigates some of the image systems of complementary medicine and discusses the way that they provide a series of alternative metaphors. These image systems are described and their role in including patients in treatment and helping them to organize a program of health promoting activities is discussed and evaluated.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RX Homeopathy
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 16:01
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:57

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