chapter  23
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A metaphysics for alternative medicine

‘Translating’ the social and biological worlds
ByAnne Scott

The split between naturalistic and social conceptualizations of the body has long proved problematic in health practice. The problem seems to be that the body sits within a crossroads – a ‘borderland’:

A border is a dividing line, a narrow strip along a steep edge. A borderland is a vague and undetermined place created by the emotional residue of an unnatural boundary. It is in a constant state of transition. The prohibited and forbidden are its inhabitants.