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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mark D. Goodman, MD (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: Dr. Rakel has led a diverse group of medical experts in the publication of a book dedicated to Integrative Medicine, a field that will be new to most of us allopaths (but not necessarily to our patients!). This is a first edition of a book divided into four subunits on philosophy of integrative medicine, integrative approach to disease, disease prevention and tools for your practice.
Purpose: Dr. Rakel's purpose is to advance the knowledge of integrative medicine among practitioners of the healing arts, an objective well met, but of debatable worth. I suspect that the whole notion is somewhat polarizing amongst our colleagues; there will be folks who understand and embrace these philosophies, and others who disdain them.
Audience: The book is written for practitioners and students of the healing arts, and contains contributions from many well-known and well-regarded authors.
Features: As defined on page 5 of the book, integrative medicine is healing-oriented and emphasizes the centrality of the doctor-patient relationship. It focuses on the least invasive, least toxic and least costly methods to help facilitate health by integrating both allopathic and complementary therapies. The bulk of the book addresses different disease states, and then provides a list of treatment ideas that may be helpful to heal, ranging from nutritional advice, traditional allopathic treatments, and where appropriate, herbs, acupuncture, psychotherapies and risk factor reduction. This proves to be quite a helpful way of organizing the text, perhaps geared towards lay readers, but very helpful to one's practice. Of interest, after reviewing about six of the chapters, I was offering the advice therein to my patients the very next day! The notes are sometimes too bold and unnecessary, and the therapeutic review at the end of every chapter didn't seem necessary, but overall I liked how the chapters were laid out.
Assessment: So, what we are left with is a text that will be very helpful to those of us who appreciate the potential for healing that exists within a marriage of allopathic and complementary medicine, and distrusted and disregarded by those of us who do not. I found it to be a welcome addition to the art and practice of medicine, and will watch for additional information to be built on this foundation of work.