by Amy Rothenberg
The A Cappella Singer Who Lost Her Voice & Other Stories from Natural Medicine is a collection of essays and patient cases from the files of a long time practitioner of natural medicine. Dr. Amy Rothenberg opens a window into her work of providing complementary and alternative medicine to her patients. From a patient with allergies to a defiant child, from a man with reflux disease to an infertile woman, Dr. Rothenbergs informative compilation of stories and musings offers readers insight into both the philosophy and the practicalities of the approaches she uses in the clinic, reflecting the inner workings of a modern day practitioner of naturopathic medicine. Rothenberg has looked deeply into the doctor/patient relationship, the interface between orthodox medicine and natural medicine as well as at her own evolution as a physician. Her introspection coupled with her openness and easy writing style invite even the casual reader on an enjoyable journey through the state of the art and profession of complementary and alternative medicine. She writes with accuracy, detail and flavor. Her story and this book help to define and exemplify the work of naturopathic medicine and further propel patients, medical colleagues and policy makers toward deeper understanding and appreciation of these effective and gentle approaches to healing.