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The medical advisor : the complete guide to alternative & conventional treatments
Time-Life Books.
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Alexandria, Va. : Time-Life Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
1152 pages ; 26 cm
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RC81.A2 M425 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This encyclopedic guide offers information on alternative and conventional treatments for hundreds of health problems. Includes symptom charts, visual guide to diagnoses, home medicine chart, and more. 130,000.

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Booklist Review

Although the subtitle overstates the scope, this book provides a basic overview of general medical information, first aid, nutrition, and conventional and alternative medications. Color-coded sections, an anatomy atlas, pictures of yoga postures and acupuncture points, a glossary, and a bibliography are useful features.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Time-Life's entry into the health care field is carefully planned, handsomely executed and basically quite conservative in approach. Its board of consultants includes such luminaries as Harvard's Herbert Benson, pioneer of mind/body medicine, as well as board-certified specialists in conventional fields and hands-on practitioners of such alternative therapies as chiropractic, yoga, acupressure, aromatherapy, homeopathy and herbal medicine. In the alphabetically arranged section, "Ailments and Options," which lists some 300 symptoms and ailments, readers can quickly find treatments for problems as vague as Aches and Pains, as minor as Swimmer's Ear, or as serious as Stomach Cancer. Causes and prevention are discussed, and appropriate therapies are described, with conventional medical treatment presented first and in greatest detail. Care is taken to differentiate between cures and palliative measures, and highlighted warnings signal when to call a doctor and when to beware of quacks, a helpful feature regarding such chronic conditions as arthritis, often a magnet for quacks. A first-aid manual, a catalogue of conventional and natural medicines, a visual diagnostic guide and an atlas of the body round out the text. With scope so broad, the book's inevitable drawback is its lack of depth. Nevertheless, this is an effective introduction to the world of alternative therapies, affording a safe first step for readers who want to move cautiously into areas of nontraditional healing. 250,000 first printing. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This is a unique, complete, all-purpose guide to the new age of healthcare, from ancient healing practices to modern medical alternatives. The alternative therapies covered are acupressure, acupuncture, aromatherapy, ayurvedic medicine, body work (massage), chiropractic, herbal therapies (including Chinese herbs), homeopathy, lifestyle (exercise), mind/body therapy such as mediation, nutrition/diet, and osteopathy. The main body is an 800-page alphabetical section devoted to describing over 200 ailments and conditions, with symptoms, causes, prevention, and the various conventional and alternative forms of treatment. In addition, there are descriptions of how conventional medicine and alternative therapies work, general guidelines to health, emergency first aid information, an index of conventional and natural medicines (including hundreds of herbs and homeopathic remedies), a nutrition guide, a directory of health organizations, and a glossary, bibliography, and detailed general index. Illustrated sections cover a visual diagnostic guide, an anatomical atlas, a map of acupressure points, a foot reflexology chart, and a gallery of acupressure techniques and yoga positions. Highly recommended, particularly for small libraries with limited funds seeking to update their health reference section with one purchase.¬ĎValerie Vaughan, Hatfield P.L., Mass. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 12
How to Use This Bookp. 14
Dictionary of Conventional Medicine and Alternative Therapiesp. 16
General Guidelines to Healthp. 30
Children's Healthp. 32
Adult Healthp. 37
Women's Healthp. 38
Men's Healthp. 42
Growing Olderp. 44
Emergencies/First Aidp. 46
Your Medicine Chestp. 78
Ailments and Optionsp. 80
Index of Conventional and Natural Medicinesp. 882
About Herbal and Homeopathic Remediesp. 1025
Eating for Healthp. 1028
The Food Guide Pyramidp. 1031
Essential Vitamins and Mineralsp. 1032
A Visual Diagnostic Guidep. 1042
Atlas of the Bodyp. 1052
Appendixp. 1068
Abbreviations, Professional Titlesp. 1070
Health Associations and Organizationsp. 1071
Gallery of Acupressure and Yoga Positionsp. 1076
Glossaryp. 1094
Bibliographyp. 1118
Indexp. 1118
Picture Credits/Acknowledgmentsp. 1152