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The ACP Evidence-Based Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1934465046
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This edition provides a valuable and indeed essential compendium of a broad range of CAM therapies and evidence of their efficacy and safety, or lack thereof, for different clinical applications. It includes practical recommendations that the busy clinician can use in considering the responsible use of CAM therapies as part of a comprehensive approach toward patient care. --Ralph Snyderman, MD, Chancellor Emeritus, Duke University

A practical, well researched summary that will help integrate unconventional healing approaches into the mainstream health care system. --Mehmet Oz MD, Vice Chair and Professor of Surgery, NY Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University

This book is a must read for health care professionals interested in using an evidence-based approach toward integrating alternative therapies into clinical practice. Drawing on exhaustive research reviews, the authors present their material in an easy to read format, including summary tables in each chapter with bottom-line recommendations organized by treatment and condition. I believe this book will be of great help to busy health care professionals who need scientifically sound guidance about CAM practices. --Andrew Weil, MD, Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 460 pages
  • Publisher: American College of Physicians; 1st edition (January 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934465046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934465042
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Doctor on May 24, 2009
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There are many egomaniacal, profit-driven "hypesters" out there with their own texts, foundations etc. that usually claim to have "cures" but this is the book that cuts through the hype--it is great to finally have a well-written, accessible and perhaps most importantly a scientific approach to the critical subject of complementary medicine. The profit motive is also largely missing which is refreshing and encourages confidence in the evidence that is presented.

Jacobs and his co-author provide an outstanding overview of the issues and this book will undoubtedly set the standard for those that are sure to follow. As an internist I found real value in reviewing this text--clearly it behooves physicians and patients alike to be familiar with evidence-based options for dealing with some of the most common and frsutrating conditions. For those unfamiliar with complementary medicine this is the perfect primer for patients and physicians alike--those with expertise will find this book refreshing in its no nonsense practical approach to key topics.

Buy the book--it nicely summarizes and contributes to a new era of using scientifically rigorous approaches to achieving improved health outcomes, regardless of the labeling of the school of thought behind the intervention...
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As a psychologist with nearly forty years of experience providing mind-body therapies for depression, anxiety, attention deficit, and a wide range of chronic medical and behavioral illnesses, I've longed for a concise resource reviewing complimentary and alternative treatment options. There hasn't been a single source that reviewed the efficacy and safety of alternative treatments in a well thought-out, easily accessible form. The field has been in real need of a resource for treatment planning and patient education.
In The ACP Evidence-Based Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine Drs. Jacobs and Gundling have given us one. In fact, they've given us a gem. I've used their book daily as a reference since the day I got it.
Their work reflects both scientific scholarship and an awareness of the realities of daily practice. They have covered the major illnesses, both physical and psychological in depth, and offer balanced advice about the strength of the evidence supporting different alternative treatments in each problem area. The tables at the end of each chapter, which present summaries of the advisability, safety, and projected benefits from the alternatives reviewed are especially useful.

To borrow from their ranking system for alternative treatments, I give this book an enthusiastic "Two Thumbs Up" !

Dr. William A. d'Alelio
Washington D.C.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arthur on August 14, 2012
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Before I found this one, I looked high and low for a good compendium of the many complementary and alternative medical therapies out there. This book has been a godsend for me as an alternative medical practitioner because it takes a thorough look at the efficacy of different therapies in treating a wide range of conditions, providing dose recommendations, estimating magnitude of effect and safety, and explaining the shortcomings of the scientific studies that have been done. It is organized by condition, making it a useful tool for medical practitioners. It is concise and easy to read, and while the jury is still out on just how effective many alternative medical practices are, this book gives you a lot of good information to chew on.
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