Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
This inexpensive volume stands apart from other books about alternative medicine. Instead of advising on nostrums and dosages, it offers evidence. Alternative Medicine: What Works is not a treatment manual but instead examines the peer-reviewed literature regarding alternative therapies. This examination is prefaced by a lucid chapter, "Scientific Terms Explained." Although the book is written for lay readers, many physicians may benefit from Fugh-Berman's clear summary of statistics, clinical trials, confounders, and study bias. In the second chapter, "Note To Medical Professionals," Fugh-Berman explains her methods in selecting studies and interpreting them. Her review of over 600 studies from the English-language literature is balanced and differentiates between mediocre and rigorous clinical trials.
Alternative MedicineAlternative Medicine: What Works. JAMA. 1998;280(18):1635. doi:10.1001/jama.280.18.1635-JBK1111-4-1