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The History, Research, Education, and Future of Integrative Dermatology 

The History, Research, Education, and Future of Integrative Dermatology
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The History, Research, Education, and Future of Integrative Dermatology
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Alan Dattner

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199907922.003.0030
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date: 28 May 2020

Integrative dermatology is a recent term. It emerged from the term “integrative medicine,” which is currently the most medically-acceptable perspective and nomenclature for the incorporation of non-allopathic healing methods into current Western standard of care. Its origins go back not only to dermatology before the advent of “miracle drugs,” but also to the very earliest use of plants and incantations for healing the skin.The truest nature of integrative dermatology is to approach the patient with an all-encompassing and more diverse worldview than is available or offered in modern Western practice.This chapter will focus on more recent forms of integrative skin care since the advent of the specialty of dermatology. Although much of this chapter focuses on the use of various remedies that are not central to current practice, it is important to consider and incorporate different perspectives from various healing systems just as we might consult with different specialists according to the organ system involved.

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