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Product Details

  • Series: Complementary Medicine (Thieme Hardcover)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Thieme; 2nd edition edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865779708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865779709
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,654,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Acclaim for Herbal Medicine, Second Edition:A seminal work in the annals of modern phytotherapy one of the chief standards against which all future publications will be measured. --from the foreword by Mark Blumenthal, Founder and executive Director, American Botanical Council, Editor, HerbalGramStill one of the best manual on clinical Western herbal medicine, if not the best available. --Christopher Hobbs, L.Ac., fourth-generation clinical herbalistThe definitive text of herbal medicine from the conventional medical approach. --Michael Tierra, L.Ac., O.M.D., author of Way of HerbsA scientific and authoritative work based on the authors' decades of real-life clinical experience. The practical formulas and well-referenced data sets this work at a quantum level beyond any other herb books on the market. I plan to use this excellent text in the training of my medical students. --Dr. Jill E. Stansbury, N.D., Chair Botanical Medicine Department, National College of Naturopathic Medicine

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With the new contribution of Dr. Volker Fintelmann, Weiss's classic text on Herbal Medicine has been expanded and refocused to meet the needs of practicing physicians, residents, students, and other clinicians.

Arranged by organ system, the book's clear structure and scientific orientation make the topic of herbal medicine accessible to even the most traditional medical doctor. You will benefit from the newest research, clinical studies, and the pivotal findings of the German Commission E on the efficacy of herbs.

Special features include:

  • In-depth coverage of the state-of-the-art of phytotherapy
  • Key prescription information highlighted in each chapter
  • Superb color photographs throughout the text
  • Two new quick reference sections that maximize your access to the material-- by herbs and the disorder they are used for, and by disorder and the herbs used in its treatment

Volker Fintelmann, MD is a licensed doctor of internal medicine and gastroenterology. Former Chairman of the German Commission E, his work focuses on the practical and methodological development of herbal medicine.

Rudolf Fritz Weiss, MD (1895-1991), author of the first edition of HERBAL MEDICINE is highly regarded as the founding father of modern German phytotherapy. He studied botany and medicine at the University of Berlin, qualifying as a doctor in 1922 and subsequently taking additional qualifications in internal medicine. A teaching post in herbal medicine was interrupted by war service as an army doctor, followed by seven years in Russian captivity as a doctor in prisoner-of-war camp hospitals. After retiring from clinical practice in 1961, he devoted his life to the scientific development and acceptance of herbal medicine. Weiss was appointed as a member of the German Commission E in 1978. He was founder and editor of the ZEITSCHRIFT FUER PHYTOTHERAPIE, and lectured on current advances in the subject at the University of Tuebingen.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
The letters "MD" on the cover of a book about 'alternative' medicine are always reassuring. Weiss combines the thoroughness and concern for verifiability one would expect from someone trained in modern medicine with a refreshing sensitivity to its limits and to the contribution that more traditional types of medicine can offer.
The bulk of the book is devoted to detailed examinations of systems of the body, characteristic diseases, and herbs used in their treatment. Chapter subjects include: the cardiovascular system, the urinary tract, rheumatic conditions, the nervous system, gynaecological conditions, cancer, and skin diseases.
In all these chapters, Weiss "limits himself to a very few remedies that have been shown to be really effective" and goes into each herb in detail, explaining how its chemistry and use differ from those of other, related herbs. Thus, the 100-page chapter on the digestive system starts with a full, properly-referenced, 14-page section on "acute stomach conditions". This is devoted almost entirely to three herbs: chamomile, peppermint, and balm (melissa). The subsection on chamomile tells us where chamomile grows and how to identify it, and then details the different varieties. The author summarises past research into the chemical make-up of chamomile and its use in medicine, and concludes with dosage details, even including advice to doctors on how to write their prescriptions. He then gives the same treatment to the other herbs, and proceeds to explain when we should use chamomile and when peppermint or melissa; when we should combine one of these with another herb; whether the tea is best or a tincture or standardized herbal extract or even essential oil; and so on.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karin on June 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The two five-star comments are about the paperback edition, as you can see, and that book does NOT have a "co-author" Fintelmann, like this hardback edition!
I suggest you read in the comparing review "Reweissing Weiss", about the "improvements" that has been done to the original text:
The book you will want is the re-released classic edtion!
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
I really like this book, I wish he'd do a book focusing on women's reproductive issues. He's thourogh and explains things well. I highly recommend this book.
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