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'There's book like it. It's Saks' subject and he's good' - Roy Porter This fascinating book explores the changing relationship between orthodox and alternative medicine in Britain and the United States from the sixteenth century to the present day. Mike Saks sees the development of orthodox and alternative medicine as two sides of the same coin and his analysis centers on the role of professionalization in health care. In the sixteenth century, the line between orthodox and alternative medicine was blurred. By the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the increasing professionalization of orthodox bio-medicine had marginalized medical alternatives. In recent years, following the growth of a strong counter-culture in the 1960s and 1970s, perceptions of the relationship between the two forms of practice have begun to change again. The de-professionalization of orthodox medicine is being debated, while ironically, alternative medicine has become increasingly professionalized. Mike Saks considers the political dynamics of the process of professionalization, and looks at the dilemmas posed for both medical orthodoxy and alternative medicine in the development of a more integrated health care system in Britain and the United States in the future.
Professor Mike Saks is Research Professor at University Campus Suffolk (UCS), whose partners include the University of Essex and the University of East Anglia which are collaborating in the development of UCS. He studied at the University of Lancaster, University of Kent and the London School of Economics - at the latter of which he obtained a PhD in Sociology - and is a current Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He was formerly Senior Pro Vice Chancellor and Deputy to the Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln from 2002 to 2010, which enjoyed a steep rise in profile in this period. Before that he was Dean of the Faculty of Health and Community Studies at De Montfort University, where he was responsible for the education of a growing range of health and social care professions. He achieved a high internationally-rated profile in Politics and International Studies and Social Work and Social Policy & Administration in the 2001 and 2008 national Research Assessment Exercises respectively. He holds Visiting Chairs at the University of Essex and the University of Lincoln. Professor Saks has published extensively on professions, comparative healthcare and health research. He has also given many keynote presentations and papers at prestigious national/international conferences - as well as organised a number of these. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, his books include: Alternative Medicine in Britain (1992), Professions and the Public Interest (1995), Health Professions and the State in Europe (1995), Professions, Identity and Order in Comparative Perspective (1998), Professional Identities in Transition (1999), Developing Research in Primary Care (2000), Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Challenge and Change (2000), Regulating the Health Professions (2002), Orthodox and Alternative Medicine: Professionalization, Politics and Health Care (2003), Researching Health; Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods (2007 first edition), and Rethinking Professional Governance: International Directions in Healthcare (2008). His latest books with Sage and Routledge respectively are: Researching Health: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods (2012 second edition) and The Professions, State and the Market: A Comparative Analysis of Healthcare in Britain, the United States and Russia (2014). Professor Saks has been a member/chair of many NHS committees at all levels - covering areas from the changing healthcare workforce to research and development in primary care. He is currently a member of the Board of Suffolk NHS Primary Care Trust, having previously served on Committees of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority and as the long term Chair of the East Midlands University Association Health and Social Care Group: He has also acted as an adviser to the NHS at national level. In 2000 he led the team that produced a commissioned report on health support workers for the UK Departments of Health and has subsequently advised the Department of Health and professional bodies such as the General Medical Council and the General Social Care Council on the regulation of health and social care professions. He is the previous Chair of the UK Human Tissue Bank and the Research Council for Complementary Medicine. Internationally, he has been involved in a number of funded research projects. He was a central participant in an INTAS-funded study of the changing attitudes of physicians in collaboration with the Russian Academy of Sciences - which surveyed some 600 Russian physicians. He recently collaborated with the University of Toronto on projects on care in the community, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. In addition, he is the current President and Chair of the Board of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Professional Groups. He is also a member of the Board of the European Sociological Association Research Network on Professions and various International