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The Desktop Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine: An Evidence-based Approach

Kumanan Wilson, MD
Ann Intern Med. 2002;136(3):A14. doi:10.7326/ACPJC-2002-136-3-A14
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More than $25 billion is spent annually on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies in the United States, which indicates their popularity with the public (1). Increasingly, health care providers are being confronted with patients who are using these alternative therapies, and the providers have to determine their potential benefits and harms. In light of this trend, The Desktop Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine: An Evidence-based Approach is a welcome new resource. This book has the ambitious objective of summarizing a wide range of CAM interventions and of providing information on whether evidence exists to support their application. It also seems to be aimed at both health care providers and consumers.

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