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Guide to information sources in alternative therapy
Allan, Barbara, 1954-
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Publication Information:
Aldershot, Hants, England ; Brookfield, Vt., USA : Gower, [1988]

Physical Description:
viii, 216 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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R733 .A44 1988 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Allan defines alternative therapies as those designed "to improve the physical, emotional, intellectual, psychic or spiritual well being of a person." Examples are co-counseling, bioenergetics, and Reichian therapy. Excluded are therapies used to heal only physical ailments. This appears to be the first guide to the literature in this area. A chapter that explains how the book is arranged is followed by a concise introduction to the scope, history, and political connotations of alternative therapy. This introduction includes a useful bibliography that lists the core works in the field. The second half of the book lists alternative therapies alphabetically, gives a detailed definition of each, and lists citations and annotations of books, reference items, periodicals, organizations, and other resources in each area. Many of the bookstores and organizations listed are in Britain; nevertheless this section should be extremely useful to librarians anywhere seeking definitions of terms like "polarity therapy" or "aromatherapy," which are lacking in the usual standard psychological or medical dictionaires. The weakest pages are those on searching for information and using libraries; this section has nothing that cannot be found in other guides. Recommended for academic libraries at all levels plus public and medical school libraries. -N. Kupferberg, Brooklyn College, CUNY