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Science Meets Alternative Medicine

With all the recent promotion of herbal remedies and alternative therapies - acupuncture, therapeutic touch, aroma therapy, magnet therapy, homeopathy, naturopathy, Ayurvedic medicine, and many others - how can the average consumer find objective, scientific information evaluating these products and treatments? Without reliable information from objective, scientifically qualified sources, consumers run the risk of wasting their money, or worse, endangering their health. This anthology of research articles by reputable scientists is dedicated exclusively to the careful scrutiny of the claims of alternative medicine. Using scientific and rational criteria, well-respected scientists and physicians review available evidence for therapeutic claims, critique published studies, present original research, and discuss the methods and principles of valid research. Among the topics covered are: the origins of alternative medicine and current trends; the theories and therapies of Andrew Weil, naturopathy, therapeutic touch, and colloidal silver treatment; the psychological dimensions of belief in unconventional treatments; and, the ethics of promoting unproven treatments.
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Wallace Sampson, M.D. (San Jose, CA), is a clinical professor of medicine at Stanford University, associate chief of Hematology/Oncology at Santa Clara Medical Center, editor of the Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine (SRAM), and a fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. Lewis Vaughn (Amherst, NY) is the executive editor of SRAM and coauthor (with Theodore Schick) of the critical-thinking text How to Think about Weird Things.

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