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Birkbeck, University of London, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD

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The consumption of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) – a wide range of practices, treatments and technologies that have not been traditionally associated with the public health care system or training of conventional medical practitioners – has attracted much attention as an emerging health care issue in recent years. Practices that include but are not limited to homeopathy, osteopathy, herbal therapy and acupuncture are widely used in many countries: survey findings indicate that, in Europe, North America and other industrialized regions, over 50% of the population have used complementary and alternative medicine at least once.

Over the last three decades, the developed countries have been involved in the dynamic process of camisation, the institutionalization of CAM in healthcare and applying CAM treatments and solutions in everyday life. This process has been challenging the prevailing healthcare systems and changing relationship between TCAM and the state having the potential to reverse the direction of medicalisation and to encourage demedicalisation.

The conference will explore both the history and the current situation of TCAM in the world. Papers to be presented will come from various disciplines including medical sciences, history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, literature, etc.

Conference website: http://tcam.conf.irf-network.org

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