Complementary Medicine: A Research Perspective

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 7, 1997 - Health & Fitness - 305 pages
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Complementary, or alternative, medicine is now widely used in the developed world. It encompasses an enormous range of diagnostic techniques and therapies, many of which are highly valued by both patients and practitioners. Critics of complementary medicine point to the lack of supporting evidence and suggest a variety of dangers and adverse effects. This volume provides a balanced and even-handed review of the evidence and assesses the claims of both advocates and critics. Complementary Medicine: A Research Perspective draws the empirical literature together and examines the effectiveness of complementary medicine for both patients and practitioners by:
* Providing an overview of the major alternative therapies, together with their methods and philosophies

* Explaining the appeal of complementary medicine to patients

* Investigating its relationship with the medical profession

* Analysing methods of evaluation and the role of placebo effects

* Reviewing the evidence for each of the major therapies

* Setting out a research agenda for the future
This timely volume is essential reading for both complementary practitioners and those in the orthodox health professions, including GPs, hospital doctors, nurses, and physiotherapists, as well as medical and social scientists.
 

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Contents

Theories and Therapies
7
Pathways to Complementary Medicine
27
The Use of Complementary Medicine
45
Complementary Medicine and the Medical Profession
71
Knowledge Attitudes and Beliefs of Patients
97
Consultations with Orthodox and Complementary
119
The Placebo Effect in Orthodox and Complementary
133
Research Methods and Research Problems
147
The Quality of Medical Information and
175
Evaluation of Herbalism Homeopathy
205
Adverse Effects of Orthodox and Complementary
239
A Research Agenda
257
References
281
Index
299
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