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An Evidence-Based Approach
More than $25 billion is spent annually on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments in the USA, which indicates their popularity with the public.1 Increasingly, healthcare providers are being confronted with patients who are using these alternative treatments, and the providers have to determine their potential benefits and harm. In light of this trend, The Desktop Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine is a welcome new resource. This book has the ambitious objective of summarising a wide range of CAM interventions and of providing information on whether evidence exists to support their application. It also seems to be aimed at both healthcare providers and consumers.
The Desktop Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine is divided into 6 sections and includes a CD-ROM version. Section I, “Using this …