Popular Health Movement

Popular Health Movement

Medical history
A health philosophy transiently popular in the US between the 1830s and 1850s, which sprang from Andrew Jackson’s anti-elitism. In brief, it was felt that anyone should have the right to practise medicine.
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The author tracks the story of naturopathy's journey using the tools of a seasoned historian, placing its coming of age within the context of the broader popular health movement, the transitioning of the country from a largely rural to an urban society, and the early visceral efforts of Progressive Era reformers to manage public health amid the tumult of corporate malfeasance, immigration, urbanization, and labor unrest.
Some examples: his discussion of the rise of the nineteenth-century popular health movement, especially its advocacy of temperance, would have been enriched by reference to the often parallel history of the "woman" movement.

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