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Encyclopedia of Healing Therapies Hardcover – November 1, 1997

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT; 1st American ed edition (November 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078941984X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789419842
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,393,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Woodham's visually enticing guide captures the essentials of some 90 different treatments for over 200 health conditions. Libraries with limited budgets that can't afford separate books on individual therapies may consider this instead. (LJ 2/1/98)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This extensively illustrated book from Dorling Kindersley gives readers an overview of therapies and treatments that are considered alternative and complementary to traditional medical practice. It covers a wide range of medical conditions, including psychological, and offers several alternatives to treatment and/or therapy. It is geared to adults or young adults who are looking for alternatives for themselves, but who are not necessarily knowledgeable in the subject.

The book begins with a general explanation of complementary medicine (practices that can be used in conjunction with traditional Western medical protocols) and the components of wellness. Several questionnaires are included in this section, which may make the book more suitable to individual ownership, rather than inclusion in a library collection. The major portion of the book deals with various therapies, diagnostic techniques, and treatments. To make it a more valuable resource to the user, the book includes tips on finding a practitioner, relevant addresses, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index.

Graphics include photographs, drawings, and charts, all captioned to offer additional information. Some are quite small, others are almost full-page. An occasional illustration, especially those covering the middle of a two-page spread, interferes with the reading of the text. Cross-references within the text consist of page numbers that direct readers to other sections of the book. Related information is included in colored boxes placed around the edges of the text.

All the therapeutic information follows the same format. Each entry includes a history of the therapy and rates its value in terms of evidence of effectiveness in research, the opinion of doctors about the therapy, whether a trained practitioner is required, and compatibility with conventional medicine. Precautions are also included. Many of the therapies include first-person testimonies. The sections on ailments are organized by body system and include causes and symptoms, prevention, conventional treatments, complementary therapies (with ratings), and cautions. Cancer, AIDS, and chronic fatigue syndrome are addressed separately. Women's and children's health issues receive several pages of coverage each, but men's health warrants only a two-page spread.

This reference work is a good starting point for the public library patron who is interested in learning more about these alternatives. However, after becoming more knowledgeable, readers will need to look elsewhere for more detailed information. Although the authors (a doctor and a medical journalist) are British, American readers will not have any problem with the text.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ana C. Roques on May 24, 2000
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I like the book, it has a little of almost everything, it's not great because in some cases it could have been more especific. but I especially liked the part about Touch and Movement Therapies and found the very usefull. I would buy this book again if I had to!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JM Organizations LLC Publishing & Associated Authors on February 13, 2004
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This Encyclopedia is wonderful for those who want better health! It is a authoritative guide to 90 diverse alternative therapies and treatments for healthier living. First, it will delve into Holistic approaches and a well balanced diet choices for a "balanced body", then take you into Key Healing Therapies. You will learn about Touch and Movement, Medicinal, Mind and Emotion Therapies, and then how to diagnose and treat ailments. This book is a formidable force for better health care and is driven by a personal choice to the fitness move you would enjoy most for your own life.
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By Carri on August 11, 2010
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I love this book, I originally saw it as a coffee table book at my massage therapist's office. I as so glad I purchased my own copy.I read it constantly
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