Book Review: The Clinician’s Handbook of Natural Medicine
Stacie Deyglio, ND
The second edition of the Clinician’s Handbook of Natural Medicine is a companion to the Textbook of Natural Medicine, 3rd Edition and provides pertinent information for the diagnosis and treatment of a conventional patient. It includes the latest research and evidence-based clinical natural medicine available.
The book is a convenient, quick-reference guide that supplies clear and logical objectives in diagnosing and treating with natural medicine. It was written for three audiences: clinicians, researches and students. “For the busy clinician it provides concise guidance for the care of patients who may have one or more of over 80 of the most common diseases effectively treated with natural medicine” (p. vii). For researchers, “the flowcharts in the Handbook will help him or her progress beyond the false homogeneity of disease” (p. viii). Finally, for students, “by carefully studying the unique flowcharts offered by the Handbook, the student can more profoundly understand the uniqueness of each patient” (p. viii).
The second edition of the Handbook differs from the first with the inclusion of 12 new diseases, including cancer, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, hair loss in women, hyperventilation syndrome, infectious diarrhea, intestinal parasites, lichen planus, Parkinson’s disease, porphyrias, conditions of proctology and uterine fibroids. Each of the 84 most commonly seen conditions is explained via concise summaries of diagnostic procedures, general considerations, therapeutic considerations and therapeutic approaches. A second feature of this edition of the Handbook is the inclusion of individually created algorithms for each of the conditions discussed in the book. The focus of the algorithm is to demonstrate the therapeutic order in naturopathic medicine. These are intended to provide support for clinicians in their clinical judgment, to understand where the patient is in their disease and process of healing.
In its purpose to educate and assist medical professionals in identifying and removing the underlying cause of illness, the Handbook best illustrates the naturopathic principle of Tolle Causam. Rather than eliminate or suppress the symptoms of disease, the Handbook is a practical compendium to the Textbook and affords the user a convenient quick reference guide to natural medicine approaches in clinical practice.
Stacie Deyglio, ND received her baccalaureate degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from the College of Mt. St. Vincent in New York. Personal health issues paved her way to discover naturopathic medicine in 1999. Resonating with the philosophy and principles of naturopathic medicine, Deyglio graduated from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2003. As a medical student, she was actively involved in student government, fundraising and the generation of two successful student-run health fairs. Currently residing in Arizona, Deyglio is an avid bookworm who is actively creating her practice after a three-year sabbatical taken to raise her son.