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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joanne K. Singleton, PhD, RN, CS (Pace University)
Description: Do not be fooled by the dwarf size of this book — it is packed with valuable, evidence based information on herbal medicine.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a useful, fully referenced guide to rational phytomedicine.
Audience: This book is aimed at physicians, medics, herbalists, and other healthcare professionals and students in these disciplines who are interested in plant based therapy. The editor and contributors all have strong and credible backgrounds in this area.
Features: A brief history of phytomedicine from ancient to current time is followed by contemporary issues of potentiation, attenuation of effects, quality, standardization, regulation, efficacy, and safety. The evidence based method used to develop this book makes it a reliable reference source at a time when less reliable information is proliferating. An excellent table on systematic reviews is included, as are meta-analyses on the efficacy of herbal drugs available to date.
Assessment: This book is a positive contribution to the area of complementary healthcare. Despite its small size, it offers an excellent place to start on the topic of herbal medicine. Readers are offered a model of the quality of material they should be seeking to gain and further expand their knowledge in this area.