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Understanding alternative medicine
Rattenbury, Jeanne.
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Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, [1999]

Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Introduces five alternative medical systems and five major alternative treatments, including osteopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and massage therapy.
Reading Level:
1230 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 10.0 4.0 1799.

Reading Counts RC High School 11 6 Quiz: 19276 Guided reading level: NR.
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R733 .R385 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Describes five complete medical systems: osteopathy, chiropracty, naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, and Ayuraveda (Indian medicine) as well as five different treatment methods: herbal medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, massage and body work, and mind-body medicine. This authoritative guide explains how alternative medicine complements and supports conventional medicine and discusses the latest research into the effectiveness of these therapies.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-10. The book jacket, featuring a bald head with closed eyes surrounded by colored blocks representing the different kinds of alternative medicines, will draw readers in; once there, however, they will find a staid text that dutifully covers all the requisite topics. There is discussion of alternative medical systems, including osteopathic, chiropractic, and traditional Chinese medicine. The second section covers alternative therapies such as homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and mind-body therapy. The book is not very attractive, with its thin paper and some dark photos. But there's enough information for reports; browsers may want something a bit more tempting. Glossary; list of organizations. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-8-As modern Western medicine acknowledges its shortcomings in treating chronic and fatal illnesses, alternative systems or complementary treatments are becoming more popular. This title describes osteopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, and Ayurvedic medicine and looks at therapies such as homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage therapy and body work, and mind-body medicine. Rattenbury begins with an overview of prevalent types of treatments and ideas concerning health and disease throughout history. She then reveals the origins, key philosophy, and hallmark treatment techniques of each alternative system. She describes a typical patient examination, the type and amount of training practitioners receive, and how they may be licensed in the United States. The history, effectiveness, and variations of therapies are clearly detailed. An extensive glossary, solid bibliography, and listing of 16 organizations related to alternative-medical systems add to the usefulness of this volume. Howard Facklam's Alternative Medicine (21st Century, 1995) provides much of the same information but has no illustrations, smaller print, and longer blocks of text. Rattenbury presents an appealing package in an easily accessible format.-Ann G. Brouse, Big Flats Branch Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.