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Numerous consumer health guides and encyclopedias abound in the areas of conventional and alternative medicine. Sierpina (W.D. and Laura Nell Nicholson Family Professor of Integrative Medicine, Univ. of Texas Medical Branch) brings these two broad approaches together with input from experts on both sides of the fence. Eight broad subjects (e.g., skin and hair, aches and pains) contain alphabetically arranged ailments that include a diagnosis and five condensed, practice-specific treatment plans. These plans generally agree or complement one another regarding when a doctor should be consulted (as with jaundice and leg pain) and what treatments are appropriate (as with thyroid conditions and arthritis). The few disagreements generally involve foods, e.g., the role of fruit in acid reflux. Drawbacks include many medical ailment headings (e.g., pruritis), a reliance on scientific measurements, no online ordering advice, uneven explanations of medical terms/concepts, and an incomplete glossary and resource sections. However, an adequate index and succinct, knowledgeable presentations serve the savvy consumer. Recommended where interest warrants in public and consumer health libraries. A good complement to Rajendra Sharma's illustrated Family Encyclopedia of Health, which is shorter on specific alternative treatments but stronger in physiological explanations.