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From The CriticsReviewer: Patricia Blagman, EdD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This new reference dictionary contains definitions and descriptions of terms, healing therapies, properties of herbs, vitamins, well known names, nutritional therapies, etc., that pertain to alternative medicine.
Purpose: The author believes that much of the language of medicine has changed dramatically and current sources are unavailable. Part of this work was taken from the Dictionary of Modern Medicine (1992) and some from Current Med Talk (1995). The point of view seems very allopathic. The book covers the field of alternative medicine comprehensively.
Audience: A target population is not stated. I believe it could be used by healthcare practitioners and the public.
Features: There are abundant drawings of the leaves and flowers of herbs. Chemical chains are included for some protein molecules. Models and charts are helpful, such as a chart for palmistry. Each therapy is listed according to the branch of medicine most closely related, such as herbal medicine, clinical nutrition, fringe oncology, fringe medicine, etc. Current references support many statements.
Assessment: Therapies are classified by type, i.e., formal alternative, informal (fringe), and quackery. What is not clear is how the author fit each therapy into a classification. Therapeutic touch is described as "fringe medicine" while the literature is replete with documentation of its efficacy. The title would lead readers to think all the therapies are controlled by the practice of medicine rather than being complementary practices of various healing traditions.