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A new text examining acupuncture from a scientific standpoint. Related titles in the growing Butterworth Heinemann list include: 'Complementary Medicine: an objective appraisal' and 'Homoeopathy: a critical appraisal', both of which also originate from the Department of Complementary Medicine at the University of Exeter.

This thought-provoking new book provides a critical evaluation of the discipline, reviewing known facts, defining current knowledge gaps and formulating several interesting challenges for the future. The book

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The articles are all interesting, intelligently and professionally presented... there is much that acupuncturists of all persuasions can gain from this book, including summaries of various studies."Journal of Chinese Medicine No 61, October 1999
Western Pacific Region of the World Organisation has published guidelines for clinical research with acupuncture. It is an extremely important work for this part of the world, and this new publication by Ernst and White joins it as being essential reading for those who include acupuncture, no matter what the form, in their clinical practice."Best Books for 1999 section, Chiropractic Journal of Australia, Volume 29, Number 4, December 1999
is an important book which should be read by any acupuncture practitioner, whatever their theoretical stance may be." Dr Anthony Campbell MRCP, London, UK
would recommend the purchase of this book to any serious acupuncture student. The scientific issues are presented well and are deserving of serious study."January 2000
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Charles T Ford, MTOM, LAc (Mercy College)
Description: This is a survey of a variety of acupuncture articles. Acupuncture is presented from the perspectives of clinical use and proposed mechanisms of action. Together they act as a background to a proposed evidence-based approach to determining the efficacy of acupuncture.
Purpose: The editors wish to stimulate interest that will gather evidence for the efficacy of acupuncture or lack thereof. They hope to pique interest more by demonstrating the gaps in research than creating a definitive catalog. They hope to determine which practice model is superior.
Audience: The editors do not explicitly address an audience. As this is a survey of pieces from several disparate contributions, there are several levels and styles. This book should appeal to all healthcare practitioners as well as students who want to learn about contemporary acupuncture perspectives.
Features: This book proceeds through a survey of traditional Chinese medicine approaches to the theoretical constructs that inform the delivery of acupuncture. Chapters are then presented on Western medical acupuncture and neurophysiological viewpoints. Surveys of clinical outcomes, both positive and negative, serve as a conclusion, and this section is perhaps one of the strongest points of the book. The chapters are well referenced.
Assessment: This book supplies the reader with a broad spectrum of sources on acupuncture. It is unique in that it presents possible avenues for further research and attempts to bring acupuncture into the arena of evidence-based medicine. It is also well balanced in that it does not summarily dismiss or embrace any particular perspective. The editors withhold judgment in the interest of gathering precise and useful evidence. A recent publication, Filshie's Medical Acupuncture: A Western Scientific Approach (WB Saunders, 1998) offers similar information in an expanded format; however, does not raise these important research issues.
Charles T Ford
This is a survey of a variety of acupuncture articles. Acupuncture is presented from the perspectives of clinical use and proposed mechanisms of action. Together they act as a background to a proposed evidence-based approach to determining the efficacy of acupuncture. The editors wish to stimulate interest that will gather evidence for the efficacy of acupuncture or lack thereof. They hope to pique interest more by demonstrating the gaps in research than creating a definitive catalog. They hope to determine which practice model is superior. The editors do not explicitly address an audience. As this is a survey of pieces from several disparate contributions, there are several levels and styles. This book should appeal to all healthcare practitioners as well as students who want to learn about contemporary acupuncture perspectives. This book proceeds through a survey of traditional Chinese medicine approaches to the theoretical constructs that inform the delivery of acupuncture. Chapters are then presented on Western medical acupuncture and neurophysiological viewpoints. Surveys of clinical outcomes, both positive and negative, serve as a conclusion, and this section is perhaps one of the strongest points of the book. The chapters are well referenced. This book supplies the reader with a broad spectrum of sources on acupuncture. It is unique in that it presents possible avenues for further research and attempts to bring acupuncture into the arena of evidence-based medicine. It is also well balanced in that it does not summarily dismiss or embrace any particular perspective. The editors withhold judgment in the interest of gathering precise and useful evidence. A recent publication,Filshie's Medical Acupuncture: A Western Scientific Approach (WB Saunders, 1998) offers similar information in an expanded format; however, does not raise these important research issues.
Booknews
Contributors from acupuncture and other complementary medical fields and from mainstream medicine evaluate the Chinese and western versions of acupuncture, reviewing known facts, defining current knowledge gaps, and formulating several challenges for the future. Their account might appeal to acupuncture practitioners interested in how science sees their work, and to other health care professionals considering integrating it into theirs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750641630
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 8/11/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168

Meet the Author

Department of Complementary Medicine, University of Exeter, Royaume-Uni

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Table of Contents

Introduction; History, nature and current practice of acupuncture: an East Asian perspective; Western medical acupuncture; Neurophysiology of acupuncture analgesia; Effects of sensory stimulation (acupuncture) on circulatory and immune systems; Clinical effectiveness of acupuncture; an overview of systematic reviews; Adverse effects of acupuncture; Conclusion; Index.

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