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The Origins of Integrative Medicine-The First True Integrators: The Postwar Years and the Zenith of Alternative Medicine

George W Cody, JD, MA

By the early 1950s, natural healing-an alternative to conventional medicine practiced by chiropractors and naturopaths-reached its peak. Practitioners were spread throughout the United States, and their common philosophy was based on a belief in the vital force-the inherent healing power within all of us. The leadership of W. A. Budden and Robert V. Carroll was critical to the professional growth of natural healing from the mid-1930s to the early 1950s. They led a professionalization movement within natural healing that brought these practitioners to the peak that was reached in the post-World War II United States.

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