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Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Your Questions Answered
by Paul Quinn
November 2023, 129pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7978-4
$40, £31, 35€, A55
Available for purchase 30 days prior to publication.
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-7979-1
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According to recent data, nearly 40% of Americans regularly use at least one form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

This book answers readers' most pressing questions about complementary and alternative medicine, highlighting a variety of popular modalities and exploring their history and principles, supposed benefits, and potential risks.

Although many forms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) have been used for hundreds or even thousands of years, the scientific community has only recently begun evaluating these therapies’ safety and efficacy. Many individuals are drawn to CAM, which often takes a more holistic approach to health than conventional Western medicine, but do these treatments actually work? Or is it simply the placebo effect? Which conditions can be treated with CAM? How are practitioners licensed or regulated?

Books in Greenwood’s Q&A Health Guides series follow a reader-friendly question-and-answer format that anticipates readers’ needs and concerns. Prevalent myths and misconceptions are identified and dispelled, and a collection of case studies illustrate key concepts and issues through relatable stories and insightful recommendations. Each book also includes a section on health literacy, equipping teens and young adults with practical tools and strategies for finding, evaluating, and using credible sources of health information both on and off the internet—important skills that contribute to a lifetime of healthy decision-making.


  • Simple Q&A format makes the subject approachable and accessible to readers, allowing them to find specific information quickly and easily
  • Guide to Health Literacy section helps readers improve their research and critical thinking skills when finding and evaluating health information
  • Case studies provide real-world examples of concepts discussed in the book
  • Common myths section dispels popular misconceptions surrounding complementary and alternative medicine and points readers toward detailed and accurate information provided in the main text
Paul Quinn, PhD, is a certified nurse midwife and professor of nursing at Dominican University, New York. He is the author of Prenatal Possibilities: Recipes for a Healthy Pregnancy and Beyond, as well as Greenwood's Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Your Questions Answered, Birth Control: Your Questions Answered, and Teen Pregnancy: Your Questions Answered.

Q&A Health Guides

All of us have questions about our health. Is this normal? Should I be doing something differently? Whom should I talk to about my concerns?

Greenwood’s Q&A Health Guides series addresses the questions and concerns of young readers on a wide variety of physical and mental health topics in an authoritative yet still accessible way. Each title follows a simple question-and-answer format that makes finding accurate information fast and easy. A collection of engaging case studies offers real-world insights, while a guide to common myths and misconceptions dispels the most pervasive and potentially dangerous misinformation about a topic. Each volume is rounded out with a primer on health literacy to equip readers with the critical thinking and decision-making skills they need for a lifetime of healthy living.
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