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Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Health Professionals
A Holistic Approach to Consumer Health

Author(s): Linda Baily Synovitz, RN, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Health Education, Southeastern Louisiana University
Karl L. Larson, PhD, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • ISBN-13: 9781284134254
  • Paperback    324 pages      © 2013
Price: $112.95 US List
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Highly researched and referenced, Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Health Professionals: A Holistic Approach to Consumer Health educates students about the many complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities that are available, in addition to the more traditional methods that exist. Early chapters provide an overview of both traditional and alternative medicine, scientific method and steps in scientific research, and look at the cost of health care in the U.S. Later chapters introduce students to integrative medicine and provide a thorough overview of CAM practices employed today. Topics that are covered include acupuncture, meditation, herbals and aromatherapy.

By reading this text, students will become astute at distinguishing among those traditional and CAM health practices that are helpful, those that have been scientifically tested, and those that may offer no benefit.

Features & Benefits

  • Case studies throughout the text give students an opportunity to apply material and ideas to real life situations.
  • “In the News” features encourage analytical thinking and present situations or problems that students will find personally relevant. 
  • Suggestions for classroom activities are included at the end of each chapter. Students are provided the opportunity to present in the classroom, work in a group, or engage in an activity.
  • Review questions help the reader conceptualize and reflect on main points.

Linda Baily Synovitz, RN, PhD-Professor Emeritus of Health Education, Southeastern Louisiana University

Dr. Synovitz obtained a degree in nursing in 1964 and a PhD in Health Education from Kent State University in 1993. She has taught in higher education for 30 years and is currently a full Professor at Southeastern Louisiana University in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies.

Dr. Synovitz has received many honors. Most prestigious were the Southern District Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance highest award, the Honor Award; Distinguished Service Award for American School Health Association, the recipient of American Association for Health Education (AAHE) National Health Education Professional of the Year, College/University category; Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Scholar Award; recipient of College of Nursing and Health Sciences President’s Award for Excellence in Research and many more.

Dr. Synovitz is a Fellow of the American School Health Association.  She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of School Health, is a member of Rutger’s University Medical Advisory Board and is a contributing editor of the Louisiana AHPERD Journal.

Karl L. Larson, PhD-Gustavus Adolphus College

Dr. Karl L. Larson completed his B.S. degree in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services in 1989. Shortly after he returned to the college setting, completing his Master's degree in Student Affairs in 1991. In 1997 he returned to college to complete his PhD. in Community Health Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He spent 2 years in public health and 4 years teaching at the University of Southern Indiana before coming to Gustavus in 2005. He is the author of three books in the health arena.

  • "This text is extremely well-organized and addresses a number of salient points not often addressed in other textbooks. It also contains skill-development sections and ties a number of issues to current societal trends. This book will add a great deal to the knowledge base in health and wellness promotion by focusing on issues not often considered in texts that are centered on Western medicine approaches."

    David C. Wiley, Ph.D.
    Professor of Health Education , Texas State University
    Past President, American School Health Association

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ISBN-13: 9781284134254

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