This book is a good health reference for general readers. It provides clear, easy-to-understand explanations of 350-plus common and little-known healing therapies, both old and new. There are listings for prescription and over-the-counter drugs, diagnostic procedures, surgical therapies, herbals, the balm of Gilead, plant and poetry therapies, and chicken soup. Each definition includes background information and comments about the current use of a therapy. Some listings also include comments by physicians or other scientists, and there are references to journal articles and other texts. See Also references at the end of many of the entries lead readers to additional helpful remedies in the book. A Master Chart of Complaints and Remedies at the beginning of the book can be used to locate a specific listing, or the reader can simply browse through the volume. Full of fascinating and useful information, this reference is a worthwhile purchase.--Marge Kars, Bronson Methodist Hosp . , Kalamazoo, Mich.