The Drurys divide natural health into three general topics: health plants, alternative health therapies, and diet, nutrition, and body function. Each section, alphabetically arranged, is followed by a subdivision dealing with treatments of conditions and diseases. The succinct, objectively written definitions of varying length cover terms and expressions written for the general reader. Similar to Robert Thomson's The Grosset Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine ( LJ 12/15/80), this includes updated information on new areas of popular interest and is comprehensive in coverage. The bibliography enhances the volume's usefulness; the lack of an index makes the book difficult to use.-- Marilyn Rosenthal, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.
YA-- This compendium of alternative health information is divided into three parts: healing plants; diet, nutrition, and body function; and alternative health therapies. While this format makes for a bit of repetition, it generally works well. Informative definitions specify treatments for various conditions, but provide warnings against some of the more radical health fads, such as megadoses of vitamins. Here is information on nutrition, herbs and herbal remedies, and various treatments and theories of health such as the Alexander Technique and Bach Flower Remedies. This book will be a useful research tool as well as interesting for browsers, as it covers topics often difficult to find elsewhere.-- Sally Bates, Houston Public Library