Homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic and herbal medicine, massage, yoga, acupuncture, meditation, and more...complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is now the fastest-growing sector of American health care. Librarians must be prepared to answer questions about CAM and to include authoritative, readable sources of information about it in their collections. Here's a comprehensive introduction to the major types of CAM, from Ayurveda to spiritual healing, and an up-to-date guide to 605 books, 162 websites, and 226 periodicals covering these areas. Author Gregory A. Crawford, who holds a Doctor of Naturopathy degree in addition to both an MLS and a PhD, is ideally suited to familiarize librarians with CAM. Covering both mainstream and lesser-known treatments and therapies, he provides the history and background of each topic, explaining its major uses and the training of practitioners. An extensive annotated list of books, periodicals, and websites devoted to the specific therapy includes English-language materials from the United States, Canada, the UK, and Australia. With this guide, librarians will know how to answer questions about CAM and be able to point users to the best and most reliable sources for further information. For those seeking to better represent CAM in their own libraries, the book will also prove invaluable as a collection development tool.
"This is the long-awaited text on interdisciplinary treatment and assessment of, among other clinical topics, brain-derived behavioral, cognitive, and neurological disorders...." --Niels Birbaumer, PhD University of Tubingen, Germany Member of the German Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina
"Gone is the unidimensional approach of the expert summarizing a topic from a single vantage point. Instead, the content shifts laterally, embracing not only interdisciplinary expertise, but an integrative way of thinking that transcends each discipline....What makes the "Handbook" so refreshing is that this cross pollination of ideas and approaches is more than novel theorizing. It offers clinicians a new way forward." --Anthony Feinstein, MD, MPhil, PhD, FRCP University of Toronto
To maintain the highest standards, allied health care practitioners must keep pace with evolving trends in diagnostics, interventions, and methodologies. This book supports clinicians by disseminating important perspectives, research, and procedures. It provides an integrative roadmap that fosters interdisciplinary cooperation.
Presents reviews of research on a broad selection of clinical disorders
Includes a wide range of established and emerging diagnostic and intervention approaches
Discusses viable evidence-based alternative treatment methods
Critiques certain approaches, paradigms, and practices that may need to be revised
Includes contributions from renowned psychologists, psychiatrists, and researchers
Clinicians, researchers, and students will find this book a valuable source for interdisciplinary practice and research. It facilitates a sorely needed move toward integrative practice in an era in which specialization pervades.
This booklet has been divided into three sections, predictably, pointers, modalities and comparison of homeopathic medicines. The first chapter, Essential Pointers, is written to assist the practitioner in determining a remedy from his own observations, when the patient is unable to assist greatly with useful information. Chapter 2, Essentials of Modalities, offers the major aggravations and ameliorations for each of the polychrests, and the final chapter offers keynote comparisons of the major remedies.
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