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From The CriticsReviewer: Jamesetta A. Newland, MS, RN, CS, FNP(Pace University)
Description: This is a work of selected alternative therapies useful in nursing, conceptually and practically, from a holistic nursing framework.
Purpose: The author's stated purpose is to motivate nurses to explore alternative approaches to health and wellness and thereby expand their professional practice.
Audience: It is definitely written for nurses — all nurses in any practice setting. The author states, "Nursing is in a unique position to take a leadership role in integrating alternative healing methods into Western health care systems."
Features: Content covered includes philosophical approaches to conventional and alternative medicine, different methods in the categories of botanical herbs, manual healing, mind-body techniques, and others. One unique feature in the book is the 'Try This" exercise highlighted for a particular therapy in most chapters. Readers are guided through a personal experience of the method, which allows them a chance to practice, become familiar with the therapy, and form preliminary ideas about its applicability and feasibility in their practice. The book contains black-and-white illustrations. Numerous boxes throughout provide succint highlights of what sometimes gets lost in the text. Each chapter begins with a philosophical concept related to that therapy and ends with integrated nursing practice. Relevant research findings are also presented. The strong, sometimes forceful focus on nursing limits the appeal to other disciplines.
Assessment: This book is an acceptable adjunct to a more comprehensive text.