Dr. Richard Marrs' Fertility Book

Richard Marrs, Author, Kathy Kirtland Silverman, With, Lisa Friedman Bloch, With Delacorte Press $25.95 (528p) ISBN 978-0-385-31436-7
For those curious, confused or downright leery about alternative medicine, the open-minded, plainspoken Rosenfeld, (Doctor, What Should I Eat?) offers some sound information. After a brief explanation of placebos and some principles of quack detection, he considers over 30 alternative therapies, arranged alphabetically from acupuncture to reflexology. Rosenfeld treats each therapy seriously, yet with a touch of humor, providing a short history, an explanation of how the method is supposed to work, relevant scientific research on its effectiveness for various conditions and, in some cases, an address or phone number for further information. Each chapter ends with an evaluation of the therapy. Occasionally, these are less than helpful. On homeopathy, for instance, Rosenfeld simply advises: ""decide for yourself."" Nevertheless, when sufficient evidence for a definitive yes or no concerning a technique's efficacy does not exist, Rosenfeld generally offers a carefully considered opinion, and, mindful of the Hippocratic oath's dictum to ""first do no harm,"" he consistently emphasizes safety. 13-city author tour. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 12/30/1996
Release date: 01/01/1997
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