Mar 30, 2011 | Comments 1
Laurie J. Fundukian, “The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine” (3 edition)
Publisher: Gale Cengage | ISBN: 1414448724 | edition 2008 | File type: PDF | 2710 pages | 45 mb
The profusion of advertisements and propaganda aimed at the consumer-health market confirms the continuing need for library reference collections to provide current, authoritative, and unbiased health sources, particularly in an area as prone to misinformation as alternative medicine. The third edition of The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, updated with 50 new entries and revisions of 300 others, attempts to balance the therapies and remedies used in alternative medicine with input on the effectiveness of such treatments from scientists and the traditional medical community. Authored by a team of about 50 medical writers, the 875 signed, alphabetically arranged entries are written at a level accessible to the layperson. As with any multiauthored work, the quality of the entries depends on the qualifications of the authorial and editorial team. Unfortunately, the advisory board for this encyclopedia does not include anyone with a traditional MD degree. Although most of the entries are well researched and objective, a few could use some improvement. Areas addressed encompass therapies, herbs and remedies, and diseases and conditions, along with types of alternative medicine practiced today. Entries within each of the broad areas follow a standardized format.