Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine Considered
David W. Ramey, DVM; Bernard E. Rollin, PhD

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If you have considered incorporating Complimentary Alternative Veterinary Medicine (CAVM) into your practice, you need to read this book. The history and development of most of the alternative therapies (acupuncture, herbalism, holistic medicine, magnetic, and botanical therapies) are examined.

The authors have done a great deal of research in preparing this volume, collecting evidence of modalities used from the Neanderthal era to the present. (There are 37 pages of references.) There is a down-to-earth discussion of the actual successes of alternative medicine, and on the placebo effect.

All aspects of alternative medicines are examined (acupuncture; chiropractic; homeopathy; herbal and botanical therapies; electric, magnetic, and light therapies; energy medicine, etc.).

The authors discuss misrepresentation of research results, language distortion, and gullibility issues. The discussion goes to the ethics and societal obligations of CAVM, moral obligations to clients, the use of placebos, and the effects on both patient and owner.

"Hope" is one of the driving forces in alternative medicine. An entire chapter defines the ethics of hope, the cruelty of false hope, and the potential for direct harm.

I know that alternative therapies are a fast-growing aspect of veterinary medicine, but I hope that practitioners will read this book, and then combine their alternatives more tightly with traditional, evidence-based medicine.

Blackwell Science (2003).

Hard cover, 320 pages, 6 x 9 format.

ISBN: 9780813826165.


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Introduction
Alternative Medicine
Anatomy
Anesthesia/Analgesia
Animal Welfare
Aquatic/Fish
Avian
Behavior
Camelids
Canine
Cardiology
Client Education
Cytology / Hematology / Histology
Dental
Dermatology
Dictionary/Reference
Drugs/Pharmacology
Emergency Med
Endocrine
Epidemiology
Equine
Ethics
 
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Exotics
Feline
Food Animals/Livestock
General
Genetics
Geriatrics
Handling & Restraint
Human-Animal Bond
Imaging & Radiology
Immunology
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Laboratory Medicine
Microbiology
Multimedia
Neurology
Nutrition
Oncology
Ophthalmology
Orthopedics
Parasitology
Pathology
Pediatrics
Physiology
Physiotherapy
Practice Management
Primates
Rabbits, Rodents & Ferrets
Reproduction
Reptile/Amphibian
Research
Respiratory
Ruminants
Sheep/Goats
Shelter Medicine
Surgery
Swine
Technicians
Toxicology
Urology/Renal
Veterinary Education
Wildlife-Zoo Animals
Zoonoses

Date Published: March 17, 2004

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