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Integrating Complementary and Conventional Medicine

A husband and wife team relate their experience of integrating complementary medicine with everyday general practice

A husband and wife team relate their experience of integrating complementary medicine with everyday general practice

This book is written by a husband and wife team of a GP and complementary therapist who have worked for many years on the integration of primary care and complementary therapies.

I think it is designed to be used as a reference guide rather than to be read from cover to cover.

The book is divided into four sections; use of complementary therapies in psychological illness, a brief summary of various therapies, use in physical disease and evidence for the use of complementary therapies.

It would be a useful source of brief information about a particular therapy, and the pages on the death rituals for different faiths give a useful summary, not readily available in one place elsewhere.

The most interesting part is the short section at the end describing how to set up an integrated health service - reproducing a paper looking at the cost-effectiveness of such a project.

But there is some overlap of information between sections and a tendency for the book to read like a list.

The authors have a wealth of personal experience of this and the book would have been richer if more of this had been included.

Dr Clare Etherington

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