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Books, Journals, New Media
May 21, 2003

Integrative Medicine

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(19):2581-2582. doi:10.1001/jama.289.19.2581

The goal of "integrative medicine" is to provide creative and competent care that is based upon the individual's body, mind, and spirit. Integrative Medicine "is a very practical text that takes account of the best available scientific evidence as well as the accumulated experience of practitioners of many different systems of treatment." The target audience is primary care physicians, ancillary providers, and alternative and complementary medicine providers.

The text has four sections. The first is "Philosophy of Integrative Medicine." The second section, "Integrative Approach to Disease," reviews pathophysiology, integrative therapies (with some references), therapies to consider (which the authors have found beneficial), and a therapeutic summary that outlines key points. "Disease Prevention" has a similar format to the second section but includes descriptions of etiology and screening and provides a "prevention prescription." "Tools for Your Practice" provides recommendations for exercise, meditation, diets, self-hypnosis, etc, that can be incorporated into daily practice.

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