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No Way to Treat a Friend
No Way to Treat a Friend

No Way to Treat a Friend

Lifting the Lid on Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine

By Niall Taylor, By Alex Gough, Foreword by Emma Milne

Evidence Based Science


398 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Trade Paper, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $34.00)

Publication Date: December 2017

ISBN 9781910455913

Rights: US & CA

5m Publishing (Dec 2017)


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"No Way to Treat a Friend" is an informative and readable expos�© of Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine (CAVM). Written in an accessible style and illustrated with stories and real-life cases from veterinary practice, this book is a counterweight to the mass of 'pro' literature in existence which uncritically promotes CAVM without consideration of whether or not it could be harmful to an animal companion. The authors, both practicing veterinary surgeons, take a close look at how animals can appear to respond to treatment, even when it is ineffective. Individual alternative practices are examined-including homeopathy, acupuncture, raw diets, and the anti-vaccination lobby-to find out if they stand up to scrutiny. With a thoroughly scientific focus, this is not an attack on different belief systems but a rigorous analysis of the facts, and a consideration of typical CAVM arguments. "No Way to Treat a Friend" will be a helpful reference for those who want to know more about the various therapies themselves, as well as an invaluable resource for veterinary practitioners and anyone with an interest in animals and their welfare. Niall Taylor is veterinary surgeon working in rural Somerset, England. A general practitioner, he also has a long-standing interest in critical thinking and how it relates to complementary and alternative veterinary medicine. He is a founding member of the Campaign for Rational Veterinary Medicine and runs the website. Alex Gough is the Head of Medical Referrals at Bath Veterinary Referrals, and is the author of the veterinary textbooks "Differential Diagnosis in Small Animal Medicine" and "Breed Predispositions to Disease in Dogs and Cats", both of which have been translated into multiple languages. *** " Veterinarians who cringe when their clients refuse vaccinations, feed their pets raw food, and consult animal psychics will relish "No Way to Treat a Friend: Lifting the Lid on Complementary and Alternative Medicine". The authors 'lift the lid' on unsavory alternative practices, some of which have successfully escaped scrutiny so that they now appear in veterinary school curricula." --Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Vol. 252, No. 6, March 15, 2018(Series: Evidence Based Science) [Subject: Veterinary Medicine, Holistic Pet Care]