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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kevin A. Courville, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: The authors amass a diverse mix of unconventional therapies for cardiovascular disease into a succinct well organized resource for healthcare providers. They provide the relevant history, basis for therapy, and practical application as well as the relevant clinical evidence necessary for the incorporation of complementary and alternative medicine into an ever changing practice of cardiovascular medicine.
Purpose: As patients continue to seek and experiment with many unconventional and alternative therapies, practicing clinicians must expand their knowledge base to enable them to guide and counsel their patients. The book provides clinicians with a remarkable resource to establish a diverse knowledge base on which to interact with and care for patients who desire alternative therapies.
Audience: The diverse nature of this topic enables a wide range of healthcare providers from the practicing physician and nurse, to the alternative health provider, an opportunity to enjoy and benefit from this resource.
Features: The book is divided into 16 chapters, each of which is equally important to the development of one's global perspective of alternative therapies. The chapters range from an introductory chapter discussing the challenges for the clinician to the commonly sought herbal and dietary supplements as well as the philosophical approaches of meditation and prayer.
Assessment: The authors surpass their goals by providing a comprehensive, diverse, easy to read resource for practicing healthcare providers who must advance their knowledge of alternative and complementary therapies to match a growing, demanding, and resourceful population of patients.