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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kathryn L. Fowler, MLS RN-BC(UPMC Passavant)
Description: Although some of the therapies discussed in this book have been practiced for thousands of years, insurance companies, physicians, and patients have only recently discovered the benefits of complementary and alternative medicine. The author provides guidance and direction to creditable resources on the Internet.
Purpose: With questions regarding these therapies, more and more patients and consumers are seeking information on the Internet. The author lists Web sites that answer questions for humans, and their pets, regarding therapies or disease processes, support groups, and locating licensed professionals. She also includes tips on finding and evaluating information retrieved from the Internet.
Audience: Although the material is written for nonmedical professionals and/or novice Internet users, both medical professionals and savvy Internet users will find this book worthwhile.
Features: Each therapy covered has an easy to understand definition. All Web site descriptions include the authors' or sponsoring institution's credentials and direct the reader to interesting aspects of the site. The screenshots are easy to read and the index is cross-referenced.
Assessment: The author, a librarian, is familiar with the varied needs of her audience. She recognizes the future likelihood of dead links, but provides helpful hints to find similar materials. This small book packs a powerful punch. I would recommend it to any public or patient library and to anyone remotely interested in pursuing complementary and alternative medicine treatments.