Evaluating Alternative Cancer Therapies: A Guide to the Science and Politics of an Emerging Medical Field

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In Evaluating Alternative Cancer Therapies, David Hess has interviewed the major opinion leaders in the alternative cancer therapy field - clinicians, researchers, patient advocacy leaders, and journalists - who explain their philosophy of evaluation, their therapeutic preferences, and the political and economic hurdles to getting the necessary research done. Both a guide to the guides and a survey of the field, this innovative book provides a framework for evaluation problems that clinicians and patients face - ...
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Overview

In Evaluating Alternative Cancer Therapies, David Hess has interviewed the major opinion leaders in the alternative cancer therapy field - clinicians, researchers, patient advocacy leaders, and journalists - who explain their philosophy of evaluation, their therapeutic preferences, and the political and economic hurdles to getting the necessary research done. Both a guide to the guides and a survey of the field, this innovative book provides a framework for evaluation problems that clinicians and patients face - from patient needs and the quality of potential clinical care givers to research methods, proposed policy reforms, and the therapies themselves.
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To help patients and clinicians make sense of the various therapy options for cancer, cultural and medical anthropologist Hess (science and technology studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) interviews clinicians, researchers, patient advocacy leaders, and journalists. They explain the philosophy of evaluation, their therapeutic preferences, and the political and economic hurdles to getting the necessary research done. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813525945
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,031,286
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Note to Readers
1 The Political Context of Alternative Medicine 3
2 Leaders of Information-Providing and Educational Organizations 11
3 Clinicians and Researchers 67
4 Politics, the Public, and the Future 163
5 Conclusions
What the Patient Needs and Which Organizations Will Help 177
Evaluating the Research Methods 186
Evaluating the Therapies Themselves 197
Ethics, Values, and Democracy in Science 229
Glossary and Acronyms 235
Bibliography 243
Index 257
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