The Encyclopedia Of Complementary And Alternative Medicine

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9780816062263: The Encyclopedia Of Complementary And Alternative Medicine

More than four hundred alphabetically arranged entries provide information on various types of alternative, complementary, and integrative healing methods.

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Tova Navarra, B.A., R.N., is a registered nurse certified in therapeutic touch who has been writing about alternative medicine and other health topics for more than 20 years. She is a Reiki master and an experienced journalist with more than 20 books in print and hundreds of articles to her credit. For Facts On File/Checkmark Books she has co-written The Encyclopedia of Allergies, Second Edition; Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements, Second Edition; and The Encyclopedia of Asthma and Respiratory Disorders. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Nursing Spectrum, and RN, among other publications.

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There are many books on alternative medicine, but not many can be considered quick reference guides. This encyclopedia has 400 entries covering terms, organizations, and personalities related to the field.

Entries vary in length from one-sentence definitions to multipage essays. The shorter entries can be frustrating, and some of the longer ones, less than complete. One example is the entry Bates Method for improving eyesight. There is a brief explanation of the relaxation system and of Bates' credentials but no description of the exercises. Some entries on individuals give little or no information about their relevance to the field of alternative or complementary medicine.

On the other hand, the Yoga article provides in-depth coverage of the discipline, giving a brief history, the basic principles involved, and descriptions of the 26 branches of yoga. Another article that would have benefited from the same treatment is ayurveda. A description is given, but there are no cross-references to related entries (Chakra, Doshas) that provide additional details. The lack of illustrations is limiting; even line drawings of things like acupuncture pressure points would have added value to the book. The appendixes include a list of professional and lay organizations, a list of herbs used in herbal treatments, and a time line of alternative and complementary medical history.

That research projects involving nontraditional medicine are being conducted at prestigious medical schools illustrates the growing awareness and acceptance of holistic treatment methods. As a result libraries will be handling more questions related to the area of alternative medicine. Despite its cursory coverage of some topics, the encyclopedia provides a starting point for further exploration. Public libraries may find this useful, but libraries serving a professional audience will find it lacking. RBB
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