July 1997

The Holistic Pediatrician: A Parent's Comprehensive Guide to Safe and Effective Therapies for the 25 Most Common Childhood Ailments

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics University of South Florida 17 Davis Blvd, MDC 15 Tampa, FL 33606


by Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, 408 pp, $18, ISBN 0-06-095177-X, New York, NY, HarperPerennial, 1996.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1997;151(7):749. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1997.02170440111024

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This guide for parents discusses some common problems seen in a pediatrician's office, reviewing alternate methods of treatment that include herbal science, homeopathy, acupuncture, and chiropractic methods.

The book begins with an explanation of the various therapies available for the treatment of children. Each subsequent chapter deals with an explanation of a particular ailment followed by medications, herbs, and nutritional supplements (biochemical therapies) used for treatment. This section is followed by a description of lifestyle therapies (nutritional, environmental, and mind-body methods), biomechanical therapies (massage, chiropractic methods, and surgery), and bioenergetic therapies (acupuncture and homeopathy) that can be applied to that illness.

The chapters cover acne, allergies, asthma, enuresis, burns, varicella, colds, colic, conjunctivitis, constipation, cough, cradle cap, diaper rash, diarrhea, otitis media, eczema, fever, headache, hyperactivity, jaundice, tinea, sleep problems, sore throats, vomiting and nausea, and warts. The presentation of the various treatments available is done in a balanced manner,

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