The Medical Library Association Guide to Finding Out About Complementary and Alternative Medicine: The Best Print and Electronic Resources

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Homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic and herbal medicine, massage, yoga, acupuncture, meditation, and more...complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is now the fastest-growing sector of American health care. Librarians must be prepared to answer questions about CAM and to include authoritative, readable sources of information about it in their collections. Here's a comprehensive introduction to the major types of CAM, from Ayurveda to spiritual healing, and an up-to-date guide to 605 books, 162 websites, and 226 periodicals covering these areas.

Author Gregory A. Crawford, who holds a Doctor of Naturopathy degree in addition to both an MLS and Ph.D., is ideally suited to familiarize librarians with CAM. Covering both mainstream and lesser-known treatments and therapies, he provides the history and background of each topic, explaining its major uses and the training of practitioners. An extensive annotated list of books, periodicals and websites devoted to the specific therapy includes English-language materials from the United States, Canada, the UK, and Australia.

With this guide, librarians will know how to answer questions about CAM and be able to point users to the best and most reliable sources for further information. For those seeking to represent CAM in their own libraries, the book will also prove invaluable as a collection development tool.




Dana L. Ladd, MS, SLIS, AHIP

Dana L. Ladd, MS, SLIS, AHIP manages the Community Health Education Center (CHEC) at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and is an Assistant Professor on the faculty of VCU Libraries. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary and graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in 2000. In 2007 she completed a Specialist Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. At the CHEC, she assists patients and their family members in finding reliable health information at about their illness or condition. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Social and Behavioral Health at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Alyssa Altshuler, MLIS, MA

Alyssa Altshuler, MLIS, MA is the Senior Manager of Library Services for Ropes and Gray, LLP. She received her Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of South Carolina. In 2003, she received a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University. She is currently working on a Master of Arts degree in Instructional Technology at Virginia Tech.