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Complementary medicine : a research perspective /
Charles Vincent and Adrian Furnham ; [with a contribution by] Phil Richardson.
imprint
Chichester ; New York : Wiley, c1997.
description
305 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0471966452 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Chichester ; New York : Wiley, c1997.
isbn
0471966452 (pbk. : alk. paper)
catalogue key
1262687
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [281]-297) and index.
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"The strength of this book is its psychological side." (Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy: A European Journal, 1999)
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Long Description
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 philosophiesExplaining the appeal of complementary medicine to patientsInvestigating its relationship with the medical professionAnalysing methods of evaluation and the role of placebo effectsReviewing the evidence for each of the major therapiesSetting out a research agenda for the futureThis 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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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.
Back Cover Copy
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.
Main Description
This volume provides a balanced and even-handed review of the evidence and assesses the claims of both advocates and critics of complementary medicine. It 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; and seeking out a research agenda for the future.
Table of Contents
Theories and Therapies
Pathways to Complementary Medicine
The Use of Complementary Medicine
Complementary Medicine and the Medical Profession
Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs of Patients of Complementary Practitioners
Consultations with Orthodox and Complementary Practitioners
The Placebo Effect in Orthodox and Complementary Medicine
Research Methods and Research Problems in Complementary Medicine
The Quality of Medical Information and the Evaluation of Acupuncture, Osteopathy and Chiropractic
Evaluation of Herbalism, Homeopathy and Naturopathy
Adverse Effects of Orthodox and Complementary Medicine
A Research Agenda
References
Index
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