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Treating arthritis : medicine, myth, and magic
Fernández-Madrid, Félix.
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Publication Information:
New York : Insight Books, [1989]

Physical Description:
xii, 300 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
1380 Lexile.
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RC933 .F47 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Information is provided on stress reduction and relaxation techniques and diet and exercise as auxiliary treatment modalities, and the possible psychological benefits of practices such as the laying on of hands. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Library Journal Review

Fernandez-Madrid, a medical specialist in rheumatology at Harper-Hospital Detroit, has written one of the best of the recent crop of books on arthritis. While it covers much the same ground as Dava Sobel and Arthur C. Klein's Arthritis: What Works ( LJ 8/89), Fernandez-Madrid's treatment of his topic is more detailed and includes a lengthy study of historical therapies. Drug treatment, nutrition, and psychological attitude also are thoroughly documented. In addition, the author brings a new understanding of the reason quack cures have been embraced so widely by the patient: these treat the psyche, which too often is ignored in medical therapies. Wallace's book does not concentrate on scientific data analysis or other sources. Instead, she attempts to help victims of this potentially crippling disease to learn to control their suffering with exercise, nutrition, rest, and positive thinking. These simple treatments are evaluated in nontechnical language against those requiring a physician's intervention, such as surgery and drug therapy. Like other books aimed at the health-care consumer, this work should be read along with sound advice from a professional. Both books are recommended for consumer health collections. --Frances Groen, McGill Univ. Lib., Montreal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. v
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 The Primitive Healerp. 11
Chapter 2 Cures through Metaphysical Forcesp. 37
Chapter 3 Holistic Treatment of Arthritisp. 67
Chapter 4 Monks, Barbers, Apothecaries, and Mountebanksp. 101
Chapter 5 Arthritis Is Not One Diseasep. 123
Chapter 6 Nutrition and Drugsp. 167
Chapter 7 Poor Nutrition and Obesityp. 181
Chapter 8 Nutrition and Your Bones and Teethp. 205
Chapter 9 The Relationship between Food and Arthritisp. 221
Chapter 10 Nutritional Counseling for Arthriticsp. 231
Chapter 11 Rest and Exercisep. 251
Referencesp. 281
Indexp. 293