Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, updated with 50 new entries and revisions of 300 others, attempts to balance the therapies and remedies used in alternative medicine with input on the effectiveness of such treatments from scientists and the traditional medical community. Authored by a team of about 50 medical writers, the 875 signed, alphabetically arranged entries are written at a level accessible to the layperson. As with any multiauthored work, the quality of the entries depends on the qualifications of the authorial and editorial team. Unfortunately, the advisory board for this encyclopedia does not include anyone with a traditional MD degree. Although most of the entries are well researched and objective, a few could use some improvement. Areas addressed encompass therapies, herbs and remedies, and diseases and conditions, along with types of alternative medicine practiced today.

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