Weisman has collected testimonials on various types of alternative medicine acupuncture and qigong, pilates, yoga, Ayurvedic herbs and massage, chiropractic, and the Alexander technique from people who suffered injuries or illnesses that were not satisfactorily treated using western medicine. These stories are followed by a description of the alternative medicine from traditional and alternative medical and popular sources. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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