Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA;
Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia
Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Integrative Medicine: Principles for Practice is
another in a growing line of books that endeavor to combine the best of conventional
Western medicine with the perceived or demonstrated benefits of other healing
systems. This 900-plus-page textbook is divided into six parts and comes with
a separate continuing medical education study guide.
Part 1, “Basic Principles,” includes a brief history of
medicine from the editors’ and a coauthor’s perspective. They
note the development of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative
Medicine and define integrative medicine and its
key concepts. Other topics include the challenges of research, psychosocial
determinants of health and illness, and mind-body medicine from the perspective
of a psychologist. A chapter on “patient-centered medicine” claims
that modern medicine defines patients by their diseases. The author emphasizes
the importance of the patient’s history and describes case examples
that demonstrate his success in using his conventional and unconventional
approaches to treatment.
Integrative Medicine. JAMA. 2005;293(5):623-629. doi:10.1001/jama.293.5.628