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The Alternative Medicine Perspective

The Body as a Machine

Europeans were dissecting human bodies, in order to discover how they worked, earlier than anywhere in the world. In the process, they acquired a minute understanding of the bodies’ systems—circulatory, skeletal, muscular, and nervous. This led to thinking of the body as a machine, with fixable and replaceable parts, rather than as a whole entity. Vast anatomical knowledge, along with an understanding of microbes as disease vectors, gave western biomedicine tremendous confidence that they would eventually be able to cure all disease.

The Conventional Medicine Perspective