Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Amy E. Lodolce, PharmD, BCPS (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: This is a collection of abstracts from the International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (IPA) database. It is composed of abstracts concerning medicinal plants, natural products, naturopathy, aromatherapy, Ayurveda, and folk medicine. The abstracts contain the full citation of the original article, the language in which the article is published, the address of the author, and the number of references cited in the original publication.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide timely access to relevant abstracts in the above mentioned fields. The purpose is adequately met; however, as time progresses, the information will become outdated. For the most up to date abstracts, the practitioner should refer to the IPA database itself rather than this compilation.
Audience: The target audience is healthcare professionals who treat patients who use alternative therapies. Healthcare providers without access to the IPA database who are interested in quickly obtaining literature references on specific alternative therapies will find this compilation useful.
Features: This compilation is organized and easy to use. The abstracts contained are divided into two sections. The first section contains abstracts about the use of nontraditional therapies in patients. The second section focuses on ethical, economic, and sociological issues with the use of alternative medicines. The book contains both a subject and author index.
Assessment: It is often difficult to find literature to support the use of natural products. This book is a thorough compilation of abstracts from the IPA database regarding the use of alternative medicines. It will provide rapid access to literature about the use of specific products in patients, as well as more global issues with this type of therapy. Libraries associated with healthcare systems may find this book useful, especially if they do not have access to the IPA database.