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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joanne K. Singleton, PhD, RN, CS (Pace University)
Description: This book is focused on complementary therapies and issues related to their use and includes original research studies and articles previously published in scholarly journals on these topics.
Purpose: The aim is to present to the medical and scientific community scholarly information and critical perspectives on complementary therapies.
Audience: This book is written for healthcare providers and students in the different healthcare disciplines.
Features: All of the commonly recognized categories of complementary therapies are represented. Each section has a critical overview, which points out the shortcomings as well as the strengths of the articles included. The overview is vital to the purpose of this book, unless readers consider the research studies included the definitive answer on the efficacy of therapies presented. Additional sections on prevalence and use, cultural and social aspects, and overriding issues related to use are presented as critical information that healthcare providers must consider and evaluate in their practice.
Assessment: It is unclear why someone would choose to purchase a book of reprints of articles that are easily available. Additionally, the information presented in this book is a small representation of research and scholarly articles on complementary therapies, consequently it offers a limited perspective.