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Dallas, TX: Brown Books, 2009. 168 pp.; hardcover, $22.95; paperback, $16.95.
Integrative medicine is a rapidly growing movement in North America and is characterized by the coordination of Western traditional medicine principles and Eastern holistic and nontraditional concepts.
Dr. Rappa, a practicing rehabilitation physician in Dallas, applies this approach to the care of his patients, and this book describes the insight he has received from his personal experiences. The core principles of his therapy address the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of the patient. The development of a coordinated, multidisciplinary group of physicians and allied health professionals is a critical component. The rehabilitation family is an important part of the relationship system, as well as supervising the specific medical management of the patient.
His experiences, illustrated by the clinical odyssey of seven patients with various illnesses, created multiple insights:
The book is well written, enjoyable to read, and very provocative. I recommend it to those interested in exploring the value of integrating the principles of Eastern and Western medicine in caring for patients and in an effort to maintain and improve their own personal health.