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From The CriticsReviewer: David O. Staats, MD(University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is a multiauthored review of complementary medicine as it applies especially to older persons.
Purpose: The purpose is to make practitioners aware of the nature of use of complementary medicine by older persons. It succeeds admirably in doing so, in a well-written objective format.
Audience: All practitioners caring for older persons will find this book of use.
Features: The range of topics here is wonderful, ranging from mediation to Ayurvedic medicine, Native American practices, popular Latino remedies and much more. Chapters on epidemiology and the ethical dimensions of care are excellent.
Assessment: This is the best book on complementary medicine around, written in a helpful, objective style. The style of writing and editing is superb in its clarity. In these times, an editing of the use of illicits is understood. What really is at hand here is the larger issue of cultural competencies, although that is not the aim of the book. This is a wonderful addition to the literature.