Cancer and Natural Medicine: A Textbook of Basic Science and Clinical Research

In the preface of this book, the author, John Boik, states that he had written the book because he had looked for a book like it and it did not exist. I know of no other book like it, because it has undertaken to critically describe what we know scientifically about the uses of natural medicine to treat cancer. While there are no hard and fast conclusions to be drawn from this effort, there is a wealth of information upon which to base further research. For those alternative practitioners interested in what science has been doing to study natural medicines, it is a great blessing. It is especially valuable for the discussion of mechanisms that may be involved in their various alternative disciplines.

The author admits to a bias toward Chinese medicine because he has been trained in that discipline. But he also bends over backward to present the scientific evidence, even going so far to suggest experimental protocols for future research.

As a reference, this book is invaluable. For both the MD trained in allopathic medicine and the alternative practitioner trained in a variety of disciplines. It's extensive bibliography is what the scientific community likes to see. A serious bridge to allopathic medicine is what the alternative community should like to see.

One of the most interesting things for me was the short chapter on psychological therapies, both western and eastern, and a review of what evidence there is for their efficacy in the treatment of cancer.

This is the type of book of which I wish we had more examples. An attempt to discuss both eastern and western medicine in some framework that does not denigrate or attack the other. It recognizes the scientific method for what it is and also does not apologize for eastern medicine.

Remember, this book is a textbook, a reference manual that could be utilized by the many alternative classes now popping up in medical schools. Also, it should be utilized by the many other alternative training institutions as an example of how to interact with the dominant western model.

We must applaud John Boik in his effort. This book is not a popular exposition, it is a serious textbook, a manual, and reads like one. That is not to say that it is not clearly written nor well organized. As one of the first of it's kind, we ought to support this effort by letting the appropriate people know about this book and include this book in our own personal reference library. Hopefully, this will only be the 1st edition and John will be able to update the book with new information as it becomes available.

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