Directory of Schools for Alternative and Complementary Health Care

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Karen Rappaport is a freelance researcher with a special interest in alternative and complementary medicine. She has a B.A. in social welfare from Pennsylvania State University and a M.S. in information studies from Drexel University. She coordinated programs for the State of New Jersey to develop awareness of people with disabilities and to promote cooperation between school and public libraries. She was a researcher for the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and for the award-winning documentaries More Alike Than Different and Paying for Peace.

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Holistic medical treatments and practices have existed for years, but it was only recently, in the late 1970s, that this type of medicine began gaining recognition as a viable alternative. As holistic medicine continues to rise in popularity, more and more formal education/training programs have been and continue to be developed, thus creating a need for an organized reference source. Directory of Schools for Alternative and Complementary Health Care fills the bill. It is a comprehensive guide to 675 recognized schools and educational programs currently available in the U.S. and Canada.

Schools are arranged alphabetically by state and city, and for Canada, by province and city. The listings contain the school name, address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, and Web site (when available). Also, where applicable, the following information for each entry is included: program administrator, dates of establishment, accreditation or licensing, class size, description and length of program (number of hours, weeks, or months), and handicap accessibility. It is important to note that the programs may vary greatly in length--anywhere from a few contact hours to several months for completion. Accreditation is another variable worth noting. Formal academic accreditation has yet to be established for all programs of study and fields of holistic medicine. When official accreditation is nonexistent, official endorsement or approval is obtained from a licensing or certification board or agency. In the event that none of those exist, membership in a related professional organization is accepted and listed as credentials.

The sections immediately preceding and following the education sections of the directory are features that enhance the guide's usefulness. The opening sections provide a glossary of alternative health-care terms and concise overviews of each holistic specialty. Included are brief histories of the development of each technique, the future, the career outlook, expected income/salary levels, work environments, and professional affiliations. The closing sections of the directory include contact information for organizations and accrediting agencies, as well as several indexes (subject, schools, and specializations), and a brief bibliography.

All in all, Directory of Schools succeeds in its clear and thorough presentation of educational opportunities in holistic medicine. A similar title, Dianne J. B. Lyons' Planning Your Career in Alternative Medicine [RBB F 1 98], covers more specialties and provides rankings of educational programs. Both titles are recommended for public libraries and career centers, although the Lyons title may be more attractive to smaller libraries because of its $19.95 price tag.

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