The Oxford Handbook of Complementary Medicine

The Oxford Handbook of Complementary Medicine

Part-work (fascículo) Oxford Handbooks

By (author) Professor Edzard Ernst, By (author) Max H. Pittler, By (author) Barbara Wider, By (author) Kate Boddy

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Part-work (fascículo) | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 102mm x 180mm x 18mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199206775
  • ISBN 13: 9780199206773
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 428,700

Product description

The Oxford Handbook of Complementary Medicine presents evidence-based information on CAM in an easily accessible form, thereby enabling hospital doctors, GPs, nurses, medical students and other healthcare professionals to competently advise patients about CAM treatments. The book covers definitions, cost, safety, regulation, legal and ethical questions and a range of practical issues, diagnostic techniques, and risk-benefit assessments of CAM modalities. The main part of the book is organised by condition, outlining for each the CAM treatments available, ranked according to level of evidence of effectiveness, followed by a concise clinical bottom line assessing risks and benefits, also in relation to conventional treatment. The information is presented in a concise, matter-of-fact fashion, avoiding the obscure jargon sometimes used in CAM. Many issues surrounding CAM remain controversial and this handbook discusses them openly and critically.

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Barbara Wider, MA (Exeter, UK), Staatsexamen (Freiburg, Germany) is a Research Fellow in Complementary Medicine at the Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, UK. With a background in humanities, earth sciences and European studies, Barbara studied at the Universities of Freiburg (Germany), Montpellier (France) and Exeter (UK) and worked as an assistant researcher and tutor in Germany and France before joining the Complementary Medicine group in Exeter in 1996. She is co-author/editor of three books including the Desktop Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Elsevier, 2006), several book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. Barbara also edits the journal FACT (Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies), a quarterly review journal of complementary medicine research.

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...[this book will be] of the greatest interest to general practitioners, but it will have some appeal across most branches of medicine...concise, finely set out and a good reference text. Occupational Medicine This book will allow practitioners to safely integrate their patients' use of CAM therapies into their conventional medical treatment...The Oxford Handbook of Complementary Medicine is an exellent resource for a wide range of medical practitioners to enable informed and reasoned discussion of CAM therapies. Andrew Sutherland, The New Zealand Medical Journal

Table of contents

GENERAL ISSUES ; DIAGNOSTIC CAM METHODS ; COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES ; COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINES ; CONDITIONS ; 1. Cardiology ; 2. Dermatology ; 3. Diabetology ; 4. Gastroenterology ; 5. Gynaecology & obstetrics ; 6. Infectious diseases ; 7. Metabolism/endocrinology ; 8. Neurology ; 9. Oncology ; 10. Otorhinolaryngology ; 11. Psychiatry ; 12. Respiratory diseases ; 13. Rheumatology ; 14. Urology ; 15. Miscellaneous conditions ; VULNERABLE POPULATIONS ; QUESTIONS FREQUENTLY ASKED BY PATIENTS