Published Online: Monday, January 1, 2007

Duke Integrative Medicine wants patients to better understand therapy options. The group has compiled information on >100 therapies for >200 diseases and conditions into a new guide to integrative medicine—The Duke Encyclopedia of New Medicine.

Oftentimes, integrative medicine is incorrectly used interchangeably with "complementary medicine" or "alternative medicine." Integrative medicine emphasizes the very best of conventional medicine and cutting-edge diagnosis and treatment, with evidence-based complementary therapies. All factors that affect health, wellness, and disease are considered to treat the whole individual.

The Duke Encyclopedia of New Medicine takes the expertise of the Duke Integrative Medicine faculty and staff to help patients make the best health care decisions for their situation. Whether individuals are facing a tough diagnosis, treating a chronic illness, or wanting to maintain good health, the book provides patients with the resources they need to make informed decisions about their health care. Visit for more information.

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