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HLSC 1F90 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Allopathic Medicine, Alternative Medicine, Informed Consent

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Week 4 lecture reading- HLSC
Chapter 16-textbook
Spontaneous Remission: refers to the disappearance of symptoms without any
apparent cause or treatment.
Placebo Effect: apparent cure or improved state of health brought about by a
substance, product, or procedure that has no therapeutic value
Basic rights when seeking health care:
1. Informed consent- fully informed about the plan, risk, and benefits, along
with treatment
2. Know whether the treatment you receive is standard or experimental
3. Privacy
4. Refuse or stop treatment at any time
5. Receive care
6. Access your medical records
7. Maintain confidentiality of your records
8. Seek the opinions of other health-care professionals regarding your
Allopathic Medicine: traditional, western medical practice; based on
scientifically validated methods and procedures
Primary care practitioner: a medical practitioner who treats routine ailments,
advises or preventive care, gives general medical advice, and makes appropriate
referrals when necessary
Nurse: Health practitioner who provides many services and may work in a
variety of settings
Non-allopathic medicine: medical alternatives to traditional, allopathic medicine
^ People often turn to this as a last resort when allopathic medicine fails
Chiropractic Medicine: A form of medical treatment that emphasizes the
manipulation of the spinal column
Massage therapy: the assessment and treatment of the body’s soft tissues,
injuries, dysfunctions, diseases, disorders, pain, or psychological implications
Acupuncture and acupressure: inserting needles at points in the skin that fall
along 14 major meridians or pathways of energy (called qi) that flow through the
body, these meridians are thought to be associated with particular internal
organs, and bodily functions
Herbalists and Homeopaths: practice herbal medicine (plants/herbs) as well as
minerals and chemical
-Herbal remedies
-Herbs can indeed cause side effects
-Come in several different forms: refer to page 468-469
Naturopathy: blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural
forms of medicine
Other alternative therapies:
1. Reflexology
2. Iridology
3. Aromatherapy
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