Practice of Medicine, Medical Practice Economics
R733 Special Theories and Systems of Medicine (General). Alternative Medicine.
The Alternative Medicine Homepage is devoted to
unconventional, unorthodox, unproven, or alternative, complementary,
therapies." The site provides access to
- the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health
- Internet resources relating to alternative medicine,
- mailing lists and newsgroups
- resources in the western Pennsylvania region
- commercial databases
- resources in related disciplines.
For entries within each category, a concise definition, profile or
summary, and associated link or address are provided.
"The Alternative Medicine Homepage provides links to Internet
sources and does not replace the care by a qualified health practitioner."
The Alternative Medicine Homepage is maintained by Charles B. Wessel
the Falk Library of the Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.
Select from matrix table of resources; browse alphabetical list of entries
in category; select.
ALTMED WEB: The Internet International Directory of
Medicine Practitioners is "a geographic hierarchal-based international
directory of Alternative/Complementary Health Professionals..." and is
compiled to "...further the cause of so-called Alternative/Complementary
Medicine worldwide." Presently, four disciplines are featured in the site:
massage therapy, Reiki, Trager, and homeopathy.
Upon accessing the site, users will find a table of contents and a world
map. Divisions of the site include: a guest book, FTP sites, e-mail area,
special links area, vendor list, information, world map, new areas, and the
practitioner's list. In the guest book, a user can enter information to be
added to the site's listings. FTP sites index various documents on health
topics and can be downloaded for personal use. Users can e-mail comments to
the site's creator, as well as access related WWW sites through their
links area. Vendors of alternative medicine products have a portion of the
site, where users can be linked to the products' homepages. General
information on the site's structure, usage, and sponsor details are found
in the information area.
Finding information on alternative medicine practitioners occurs in two
ways; through the world map on the main page or through the practitioner's
list. In using the map, users need only to select a country, and will soon
see that nation's homepage within the site. A further selection of a
country/area and a city yields the names of local practitioners and their
fields of medicine. The name links the user to that person's homepage.
If choosing to search with the practitioner's list, the user must
select a country/region, then follow onscreen links to the desired records.
These will contain the name of local alternative medical businesses, city
of practice, and the speciality of medicine. Once again, the businesses'
titles are links to their respective homepages.
The site is operated and maintained by Matthew Starrett-Bigg, LMT; Portland,
Select practitioner's list or world map from main site page. Follow
onscreen links to reach desired records of local practitioners.