jueves, 13 de marzo de 2014

The medical rationale category and a new epistemology in health

The medical rationale category and a new epistemology in health  (Review)

[A categoria racionalidade médica e uma nova epistemologia em saúde]

Instituto de Saúde da Comunidade, Universidade Federal Fluminense, R. Marques do Paraná 303/3 Centro, 24.033-900 Niterói RJ, Brazil
Laboratório de Práticas Alternativas, Complementares e Integrativas em Saúde, Unicamp, Brazil

Abstract

This article is an analytical report on the 20-year trajectory of the 'medical rationale' category that emerged in the early 1990s in the area of Social and Human Sciences in Health in the field of Public Health. Its objective was to study complex and therapeutic medical systems and traditional, complementary and alternative medicines. Based on a critical review of the literature, it presents some aspects of the cultural, political, institutional and social context of its emergence, as well as its main contributions and developments on a theoretical level and on social policies and practices in health. The southern epistemology concept of Boaventura de Sousa Santos is used to reflect upon the contribution of the 'medical rationale' category to the critique of the post-modern scientific rationale and to the creation of a new epistemology in health.

Author keywords

Complementary Therapies; Culture; Epistemology; Medical rationales; Traditional medicine
ISSN: 14138123Source Type: Journal Original language: English, Portuguese
DOI: 10.1590/S1413-81232013001200016Document Type: Review
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  Instituto de Saúde da Comunidade, Universidade Federal Fluminense, R. Marques do Paraná 303/3 Centro, 24.033-900 Niterói RJ, Brazil 

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