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.
This is a slender but thoughtful sociologic study of the evolving role
of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in contemporary American society.
The author is a former chair of the sociology department at Columbia University
and is currently a faculty member in the School of Government at Harvard University.
The book consists of seven chapters covering (1) the definition of CAM;
(2) understanding how knowledge relative to potential therapies is developed
and disseminated; (3) who uses CAM, and why; (4) how physicians learn and
practice; (5) how research on new therapies is conducted and validated; (6)
studies currently under way in regard to CAM and what they may prove; and
(7) the future of CAM and its integration into the healing arts.
Levitan AA. Alternative Medicine. JAMA. 2004;292(17):2153-2159. doi:10.1001/jama.292.17.2154-b