The book is written from the current, scientific understanding of how diseases occur in the body. It does not hide behind woolly explanations of chakras and energy forces simply because it is aimed at complementary practitioners - that would do us all a disservice and only give the medical profession extra ammunition against complementary therapies. Diseases aren't pretty and they aren't nice, but any serious therapist should have some knowledge of the conditions they may expect to see through their work. Medical or anatomical terms have to be employed for clarity - this book doesn't patronise you and assumes (fairly, in my opinion, given the nature of a complementary therapist's line of work) that you have some grounding in anatomy and physiology. Dentistry is not covered, possibly because UK law precludes unqualified persons (in other words those without a dentistry degree) from performing dentisty. It would seem silly to add volume to a book if it is to be of no use to the readership.
What I like about this book is that it is not extreme. It does not damn the alternative/complementary approach to medicine and it doesn't refuse to acknowledge medical science. The author, a GP from 1970-81 has taught at various schools of complementary medicine and the book evolved from discussions with homoeopaths, osteopaths, herbalists, acupuncturists and others.
Despite what it says in the foreword it is not really holistic and it does lean towards a traditional view that emotions, mind and body are treated as separate. Specialists are to be consulted whose role is to examine, diagnose and treat the parts, but as another reviewer says that's what's needed. The way in which complementary medicine aids conventional medicine will depend on the therapist. It provides guidance by acknowledging the great insights of science with its store of observation and accumulated evidence from centuries of recording and correlating data. As such Dr Ball's book is a good reference source for the main symptoms of common diseases explained without jargon.
It describes likely effects and disease progression in a concise manner, illustrated with simple diagrams and charts. It is easy to look up conditions with bold paragraph headings within each chapter and there is also a glossary of medical and homeopathic terms.
John Ball's book Understanding Disease ... is not only an important addition to any health practitioner's practice, especially in their student years, but also for those members of the public wanting to know more about their unwell condition. Understanding Disease ... would also be great for newly qualified practitioners to refer back to. Well laid out with medical conditions described in lay-man's terms, this book is highly recommended. If you want to understand what's going on with illness and dis-eased conditions, Understanding Disease ... will explain it clearly to you. A handbook for alternative and complementary practitioners, and for those members of the public wanting to understand their illness.
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