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1. A now defunct system of medicine that advocated use of indigenous plants to effect specific cures of certain signs and symptoms.
2. A system of medicine practiced by ancient Greek and Roman physicians who were not affiliated with a medical sect but who adopted the practice and teachings that they considered best from other systems.


Medical history—naturopathy
An American healthcare movement founded by Dr Wooster Beach (1794–1868) that was rooted in Thomsonianism, a contemporary herb-based therapeutic system. The legacies of the Eclectics include laboratory production of drugs and elimination of crude forms of thereof, and the admission of women and minorities to their professional schools. Eclecticism disappeared by the mid-20th century.


(ĕk-lĕk′tĭ-sĭzm) [″ + -ismos, state of]
A system of herbal medical practice popularized in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by Finley Ellingwood.

eclecticism (i·klekˑ·t·siˈ·zm),

n the use of multiple approaches in alternative medicine selected and applied according to patient need.
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In what follows, I examine eclecticism by showing how it answers a specific question: whether government ought to be able to single out religious actors and entities for exclusion from its support programs without violating the Constitution.
Strategic eclecticism is set forth as a basis from which to use divergent theories and techniques within narrative therapy, a process-oriented model informed by postmodernism.
For all their eclecticism, the Sadies never lose their own identity.
People crammed on to every square inch of grass with their carry--outs to hear rock 'n' roll from Mother And The Addicts and V-Twin, heartwarming tweeness from Camera Obscura and eclecticism from the James Orr Complex.
Its mainly Scottish and Irish material was rounded off with a taste of eclecticism to come, an arrangement of Louis Armstrong's Wonderful World that remains one of his most often-requested numbers.
Subsequent chapters treat of Lyons, the French Renaissance cultural and printing capital, which produced a group of poets marked by autonomy, cosmopolitanism, and eclecticism.
s appeal to a "reasoned eclecticism," by which he means that commending the faith is much more than an intellectual exercise: "Christianity is a way, it involves a person's thought, practice, values, experiences--and all of these in relation to others" (88).
The debatable eclecticism was intended to honor Iraq's past while saving its future from the West's boxy International Style.
Joel demonstrates a compositional technique that quite often revels in attractive eclecticism.
Likewise, Dante's vulgare illustre is both a model for Joyce's eclecticism and an ideal ironized by his own vulgarism, while Joyce's adoption of geometrical signs in the Wake takes off from but goes well beyond Dante's attempts by similar means to signify the ineffable in the Paradiso.
Instead of following in her parents footsteps, she embarked on a pop music career that never resulted in gold records or chart hits, but did garner her a reputation for wit, melodic sense, and stylistic eclecticism.
Along with neo-neo-Marxism, it now comprises structuralism, poststructuralism, Lacanian analysis, deconstruction, women's studies, black studies, gay studies, queer theory, critical legal studies, new historicism, cultural studies, and Afrocentrism (and the list is not exhaustive): Kimball himself is not tenured; he analyses the attitude of the new academic establishment which, in the name of a new professionalism formed in accordance with the canon of left eclecticism, looks down upon 'free' intellectuals like himself.