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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joanne K. Singleton, PhD, RN, CS (Pace University)
Description: The authors define this book as an herbal home reference. In a quick-read format, the pros and cons of using over 300 herbs and related substances are presented.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the general public with scientific facts about herbs and related substances. This is a needed book based on the increasing tendency of patients to self-treat with herbs and related substances as well as the potential for interaction with prescribed drugs. The objective of providing the general public with scientific facts about the included herbs and related substances is questionable, absent the scientific references neded to support the assertions made by the authors.
Audience: This book is intended for the general public. The authors have appropriate credentials and experience to make them credible authorities on this topic.
Features: Over 300 herbs and related substances are included. Folklore of the herb, along with brief information on common dose, side effects, interactions, uses of the herb, points to remember, and research on the herb are included. This book is adapted from the authors' Professional Handbook of Complementary & Alternative Medicine and they claim it contains the same unbiased and extensively referenced information.
Assessment: While this could be a very useful book for the general public, it has fallen short of the authors' objective because they do not substantiate the scientific support for the assertions made on the pros and cons of the herbs and related substances included.