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JAMA and Archives Journals Alternative Medicine: An Objective Assessment
     

JAMA and Archives Journals Alternative Medicine: An Objective Assessment

by American Medical Association, Phil B. Fontanarosa, Jama and Archives Journals
 

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With more than 650 science-based, peer-reviewed pages, this book offers balanced coverage on today's hottest topics in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Leading authors of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the Archives Journals provide an authoritative assessment of a broad range of topics from the evaluation of treatment modalities to

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With more than 650 science-based, peer-reviewed pages, this book offers balanced coverage on today's hottest topics in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Leading authors of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the Archives Journals provide an authoritative assessment of a broad range of topics from the evaluation of treatment modalities to prevalence and use of alternative medicine therapies. Learn how CAM is used, what's working, and what's not. Alternative Medicine: An Objective Assessment provides: Overviews and guidance from expert physician specialists Rigorous science-based findings and objective references Reliable JAMA and Archives Journals perspectives Topics include: Acupuncture Herbal therapies Nutrition Homeopathy And more!

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Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: 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.
3 Stars from Doody
Joanne K. Singleton
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. The aim is to present to the medical and scientific community scholarly information and critical perspectives on complementary therapies. This book is written for healthcare providers and students in the different healthcare disciplines. 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. 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.
Library Journal
This muddled attempt from the American Medical Association might as easily have been subtitled "The AMA Bends Over Backwards To Please Everybody." It is a repackaged collection of articles published between 1997 and 1999 in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) or the Archives series of journals (each addressing a particular specialty but tied together by the AMA imprimatur); only the introductory and overview essays are new. Two-thirds of the pieces are devoted to sociocultural-historical reporting, i.e., Who uses alternative medicine and why? The remaining third are reports of investigations of therapies, ranging from barely controlled convenience samples to randomized controlled trials. Evidently, when choosing which trials to cover, the editor made a desperate attempt at impartiality, as the results are roughly 50-50, positive or negative. (What a coincidence!) Thus, despite some excellent articles--Chapters 73 and 74, which discuss the scientific investigation of alternative medicine, are highly recommended reading for consumers--some definitely substandard work is included here--for balance, it would seem. This volume should be read and considered in non-homeopathic doses, for only in its entirety is there any value. For larger medical collections.--Catherine Arnott Smith, Ctr. for Biomedical Informatics, Univ. of Pittsburgh Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579470029
Publisher:
American Medical Association
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
605
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.70(d)

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