Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by Barrie R. Cassileth, 340 pp, $25, with illus, ISBN 0-393-04566-8. New York, NY, WW Norton, 1998.
Dr Cassileth is a well-published and respected authority in the field of unconventional cancer therapies. In this book, she successfully distills over 20 years of research into one easy-to-read volume. The Alternative Medicine Handbook has seven sections, generally organized in categories recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Alternative Medicine: (1) traditional healing methods, (2) dietary and herbal remedies, (3) mind-body techniques, (4) biological treatments, (5) bodywork, (6) use of the senses to enhance health, and (7) external energy healing. In a circular reference to Cassileth's influence in the field, it is worth mentioning that she cocreated these categories as a participant in the Unconventional Medical Practices Workshop of 1992.
Alternative MedicineThe Alternative Medicine Handbook: The Complete Reference Guide of Alternative and Complementary Therapies. JAMA. 1998;280(18):1635-1636. doi:10.1001/jama.280.18.1635-JBK1111-5-1