Confessions of a Quackbuster

This blog deals with healthcare consumer protection, and is therefore about quackery, healthfraud, chiropractic, and other forms of so-Called "Alternative" Medicine (sCAM).

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine Considered

Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine Considered

By David W. Ramey, Bernard E. Rollin

Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine Considered is a book that belongs in your veterinary library. If you are a veterinarian wondering if you should incorporate complementary and alternative veterinary medicine (CAVM) into your practice, if you have recently hired an associate eager to try such things as acupuncture or homeopathy, or if you have clients asking you about chiropractic, herbal, or magnetic field therapy for their pets, you’ll want to understand the history, science and ethics behind such therapies.

In its 2001 Guidelines for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recognizes the growing interest in CAVM, and encourages the critical examination of these therapies using the scientific method. Following the AVMA’s lead on this subject, Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine Considered thoroughly examines a variety of CAVM therapies and asks important questions regarding alternative treatments. For example, is acupuncture effective in pain relief? What is homeopathy? What is the history behind chiropractic? What does the research say (and not say) about various CAVM modalities? And, just as importantly, what are the ethical and regulatory considerations concerning such therapies? This book has the answers to those questions and more.

Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine Considered will help practicing veterinarians to make informed decisions about specific CAVM therapies. This text evaluates various prevalent therapies, and will give veterinarians the ethical and scientific bases they need to make sound decisions regarding CAVM therapies.

"This text is a wakeup call for all in our profession. It is required reading for those of us who teach veterinary medicine, or practice it, or serve on state licensing boards or on national committees where CAVM is debated or attempts are made to define it." --V.E.O. Valli DVM, VS, MSc, PhD, Diplomate ACVP Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Professor of Veterinary Pathology, Dean Emeritus College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois

"It is not often these days that I have the ability, the wish, or the concentration to sit down a read an extensive scientific text; but I did this one. I believe this text to be an excellent source of truth. I applaud the many authors and thank you for your generous gift." --William Moyer, DVM, Professor and Head, Department of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University

Contents include:

Energy medicine
Manual therapy (chiropractic)
Magnetic and electromagnetic therapy
Laser and light therapy
Herbal therapy.

About the Author/Editor:
David W. Ramey, DVM
has been in private equine practice since 1984. He is the author of numerous books and articles on equine health, including “alternative” veterinary medicine. He was selected by the AVMA as one of the nine-member task force on alternative and complementary veterinary medicine that conceived the current AVMA guidelines for the use of CAVM in veterinary practice.

Bernard E. Rollin, PhD is University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University where he has a joint appointment as professor of philosophy and professor of physiology and biophysics. Dr. Rollin is the author of numerous books on veterinary ethics, pain management, and animal welfare.

Availability: In Stock
Publication Date: 2003
Size: 320 pages; 6 x 9
Binding: Hardback
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing

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