Medicine and the Counter Culture
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This chapter focuses on the challenge posed to orthodox medicine in the Western world in the twentieth century, of which Britain and the United States are taken as the primary examples. Medical counter cultures were relatively weak in the first half of this century. The use of patent medicines and home-spun remedies for ailments such as influenza and rheumatism was also significant in early twentieth-century Britain. The promised cures for all ailments, and new forms of physical diagnosis, increased the legitimacy of medicine by the 1950s as it pursued its mission under the banner of scientific progress. In Britain too, on a lesser scale, patients have challenged medicine through the courts, especially from the early 1970s when active consumerism gathered momentum. The growing emphasis on self-help and consumer rights, including that engendered by the women’s movement, has also been associated with the late twentieth-century expansion of alternative medicine.