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Book Reviews and Other Media
November 2003

The Holistic Pediatrician: A Pediatrician's Comprehensive Guide to Safe and Effective Therapies for the 25 Most Common Ailments of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 2nd ed

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ABRAHAMBERGMANMD

 

by Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, 448 pp, $18.95, ISBN 0060084278, New York, NY, Quill, 2002.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2003;157(11):1136. doi:10.1001/archpedi.157.11.1136

As one who has been rather cynical about the buzzword holistic and those who use it, I was pleasantly surprised with this friendly, even-handed, helpful, and informative book, couched in a style and language understandable to both lay readers and pediatricians. It espouses an open-minded but critical approach to both alternative and mainstream medical therapies and provides understandable, adequate descriptions of each for readers who are unfamiliar with them. Although the book appears to be written for the lay reader oriented toward alternative medicine, it constitutes a balanced, convenient, and reliable reference for both parent and physician.

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