The Clinical Practice of Complementary, Alternative, and Western Medicine

The Clinical Practice of Complementary, Alternative, and Western Medicine

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by W. John Diamond
     
 

"Western Medicine", "Alternative Medicine", "Complementary Medicine", "Holistic Medicine", and "Natural Medicine." There is really only one "medicine" that heals and puts the whole patient, not the disease, at the center of care: Integrated Medicine. This practice integrates all modalities of healing to produce not merely a medical cure, but a deeper healing of… See more details below

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"Western Medicine", "Alternative Medicine", "Complementary Medicine", "Holistic Medicine", and "Natural Medicine." There is really only one "medicine" that heals and puts the whole patient, not the disease, at the center of care: Integrated Medicine. This practice integrates all modalities of healing to produce not merely a medical cure, but a deeper healing of the patient on his or her own terms.

The Clinical Practice of Complementary, Alternative, and Western Medicine is a scientifically based text that informs and leads the practitioner easily through the maze of alternative therapies. Unlike other books that address the different alternative modalities, this text integrates homeopathy, acupuncture, chinese herbology, western herbology, and clinical nutrition, then combines them with traditional medicine. The author explains the new paradigm of patient-centered and Integrated Medicine and includes an extensive section on the physical underpinnings of this new paradigm, a paradigm that employs thermodynamics, non linear dynamics, chaos theory, and fractal geometry in an easy to understand discourse.

The book incorporates the author's fundamental training in the alternative modalities and his ten years of clinical practice, a practice in which multiple integrated modalities of healing were utilized in the healing of over 10,000 patients. The Clinical Practice of Complementary, Alternative, and Western Medicine is a tremendously valuable reference for practitioners who want to learn about and practice alternative therapies and those who want to be more informed about what their patients may be doing and taking, and the influences those self-administered therapies may be having on their care.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Daryle L. Brown, EdD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This book is about an integrated approach to the practice of medicine and patient care, a holistic approach incorporating complementary, alternative, and some Western therapies. It focuses on the patient as a teacher and helps one look at nonconventional treatment modalities.
Purpose: The author states that he hopes ". . .that this book will take you on a journey to a new insight and understanding of human biology at all its levels of complexity and integration, and in the end leave you with more questions than it can possibly answer." The author meets his objective.
Audience: This book is written for advanced practice nurses, medical students, and physicians. The author states, "Integrate and individualize your approach to treatment. You and your patients will be pleasantly surprised." This book is a good sampling of various alternative therapies, although traditional Chinese medicine is heavily emphasized. The author is credible, as he is well-grounded in both the theories of Western medicine (anatomy, physiological chemistry, medicine, etc.), being educated in this modality in both the Republic of South Africa and the U.S., and alternative medical therapies (homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, etc.). He was the medical editor of Biological Therapy and the lead author of An Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer (Future Medicine Publishing, 1997). He is currently medical director of a company dedicated to research and development of innovative medications based on natural and energetic principles.
Features: I like the way the author begins at ground zero. He does not assume the audience already knows the subject. He introduces his paradigm, defines the terms, and gives a brief history. Although the book is not flashy and pictures and graphs are in basic black and white, I found the book interesting and informative. The title could be clearer as to what is included, however. When I first read the title, I thought the book was about each of these types of medicines in clinical practice. In reality, the book is about integrated medicine, a holistic approach incorporating complementary, alternative, and Western modalities.
Assessment: This is a fairly good book on integrated medicine. The author presents his paradigm, principles of integrated medicine, examples of alternative/complementary therapies, and concludes with a case study of an application of integrated management. This book is heavily weighted (approximately 50 percent) toward traditional Chinese medicine (patterns of diagnosis, Chinese herbal prescribing, and acupuncture). The remainder of the book is dedicated to other forms of alternative medical treatment (homeopathy, neural therapy, ayurvedic medicine, etc.), each receiving a more superficial treatment.
Booknews
Leads the practitioner through the maze of alternative therapies. After a brief introduction of integrated medical biology, Dr. Diamond overviews the patterns of diagnosis in traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese herbal prescription, and acupuncture. He then discusses the alternative medical treatments available in homeopathy, neural therapy, bioenergetic medicine, ayurvedic medicine, phytotherapy, and therapeutic nutrition. The final section outlines the integrated medical exam method, with chronic sinusitis used as a case study. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780849313998
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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