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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This is a unique contribution to the field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) concentrating on CAM approaches for people with epilepsy. The authors provide commentary in the chapters interjecting their expert opinion of support, disagreement, and/or skepticism relative to the CAM approach discussed.
Purpose: The authors' primary goal is to "bridge the traditional and CAM worlds" by presenting evidence that can be weighed by clinicians so that people with epilepsy can benefit from both approaches.
Audience: The book is written for clinicians who treat people with epilepsy and/or those interested in pursuing research in the area. It is suitable and useful for all levels of students and practitioners in a wide variety of health disciplines. No information is provided about the credentials of the contributors, only about the three editors who are professors at New York University and Harvard Medical Schools.
Features: A wide array of CAM treatment approaches are presented including cognitive-neurobehavioral approaches, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and herbs, ayurveda, aromatherapy, manipulation and osteopathic therapies, nutritional approaches, oxygen therapies, and music, art, and pet therapies.
Assessment: This is a very worthwhile book in the field because it gathers the most current evidence on CAM approaches for epilepsy and presents the information in one place for the clinicians' use.