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General Information

Name:  John S. Haller, Jr.  

Pen Name: John Samuel Haller, Jr., John Haller


Born: 1940 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Illinois Connection

Haller was a history professor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois and as a professor of medical humanities at Southern Illinois University Medical School in Springfield, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

John S. Haller, Jr. held a dual appointment as a professor of history at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and as a professor of medical humanities at Southern Illinois University Medical School in Springfield, Illinois. At Southern Illinois University in Carbondale he taught courses in American intellectual history and the history of medicine. He also served as past editor of ''Caduceus, A Journal for the Medical Humanities''. Dr. Haller's current research involves nineteenth- and twentieth-century alternative medical systems.


'Outcasts From Evolution ' Anisfeild-Wolf Award in Race Relations, 1971

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Carbondale, Illinois 62901


Selected Titles At Your Library

A profile in alternative medicine :
ISBN: 9781612771885. OCLC Number: 45728542

Kent State University Press,. .

The Eclectic Medical Institute, known by its friends as Old EMI (and Old EMC when reorganized in 1910), was an American institution in origin, concept, and practice. For nearly a century, EMI was known as the Mecca of eclectic thinking and the Mother Institute of reformed medicine. A Profile of Alternative Medicine recounts the history of eclectic medicine which, along with hydropathy, homeopathy, physiomedicalism, chiropractic, ad osteopathy, competed with regular medicine (allopathy) in the nineteenth century. Unlike most alternative medical colleges that closed without leaving significant documentation, EMI left complete student records, faculty files, deans' papers, financial records, and minutes of the board of trustees. These records provide an important window into sectarian medicine's many challenges; into the tensions between the school and its board of trustees; and between the school and the American Medical Association as EMI unsuccessfully struggled with the AMA's Council on Medical Education to obtain a class-A rating. This history of EMI is set within the broader context of American medicine and recounts the internal feuds, successes, adversity, and ultimate failure of this bastion of freedom in medical thought.

American medicine in transition 1840-1910 /
ISBN: 0252008065. OCLC Number: 6251422

University of Illinois Press,. .

Battlefield medicine :
ISBN: 0809387875. OCLC Number: 742517192

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In this first history of the military ambulance, historian John S. Haller Jr. documents the development of medical technologies for treating and transporting wounded soldiers on the battlefield. Noting that the word ambulance has been used to refer to both a mobile medical support system and a mode of transport, Haller takes readers back to the origins of the modern ambulance, covering their evolution in depth from the late eighteenth century through World War I. The rising nationalism, economic and imperial competition, and military alliances and arms races of the.

Farmcarts to Fords :
ISBN: 0809318172. OCLC Number: 42854451

Southern Illinois University Press,. .

History of American homeopathy :
ISBN: 0813561582. OCLC Number: 819631695

Rutgers University Press,. .

Joseph Rodes Buchanan :
ISBN: 0615617611. OCLC Number: 900609575

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Kindly medicine :
ISBN: 0873385772. OCLC Number: 45730385

Kent State University Press,. .

Between 1836 and 1911, thirteen physiomedical colleges opened, and then closed, their doors. These authentic American schools, founded on a philosophy of so-called Physio-Medicalism, substituted botanical medicines for allopathy's mineral drugs and promoted the belief that the human body has an inherent "vital force" that can be used to heal. In Kindly Medicine, John Haller offers the first complete history of this high-brow branch of botanical medicine.

Kindly Medicine :
ISBN: 1306303249. OCLC Number: 868286560

Kent State University Press,. .

Medical protestants :
ISBN: 080933142X. OCLC Number: 42854393

Southern Illinois University Press,. .

Outcasts from evolution :
ISBN: 0809319829. OCLC Number: 31867014

Southern Illinois University Press,. .

Shadow Medicine :
ISBN: 9780231537704. OCLC Number: 881570862

Columbia University Press,. .

Can Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) find common ground? A distinguished historian of medicine, John S. Haller Jr., explores the epistemological foundations of EBM and the challenges these conceptual tools present for both conventional and alternative therapies. As he explores a possible reconciliation between their conflicting approaches, Haller maintains a healthy, scientific skepticism yet finds promise in select complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies. Haller elucidates recent research on the placebo effect and shows how a new engagement between EBM and CAM might lead to a more productive medical practice that includes both the objectivity of evidence-based medicine and the subjective truth of the physician-patient relationship. Haller's book tours key topics in the standoff between EBM and CAM: how and why the double blinded, randomized clinical trial (RCT) came to be considered the gold standard in modern medicine; the challenge of postmodern medicine as it counters the positivism of evidence-based medicine; and the politics of modern CAM and the rise of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. He conducts an in-depth case study of homeopathy, explaining why it has emerged as a poster-child for CAM, and assesses CAM's popularity despite its poor performance in clinical trials. Haller concludes with hope, showing how new experimental protocols might tease out the evidentiary basis for the placebo effect and establish a foundation for some reconciliation between EBM and CAM.

The history of American homeopathy :
ISBN: 0789026597. OCLC Number: 794701261

Rutgers University Press,. .

Although scorned in the early 1900s and publicly condemned by Abraham Flexner and the American Medical Association, the practice of homeopathy did not disappear. Instead, it evolved with the emergence of holistic healing and Eastern philosophy in the United States and today is a form of alternative medicine practiced by more than 100,000 physicians worldwide and used by millions of people to treat everyday ailments as well as acute and chronic diseases. The History of American Homeopathy traces the rise of lay practitioners in shaping homeopathy as a healing system and its relati.

The history of New Thought :
ISBN: 9780877856306. OCLC Number: 961606380

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The people's doctors :
ISBN: 0809323397. OCLC Number: 43207415

Southern Illinois University Press,. .

"Samuel Thomson, born in New Hampshire in 1769 to an illiterate farming family, had no formal education, but he learned the elements of botanical medicine from a "root doctor," whom he met in his youth." "The People's Doctors covers seventy years, from 1790, when Thomson began his practice on his own family, until 1860, when much of Thomson's medical domain had been captured by the more liberal Eclectics. Eighteen halftones illustrate this volume."--Jacket.

The physician and sexuality in Victorian America /
ISBN: 0393008452. OCLC Number: 898211946

Southern Illinois University Press,. .