Complementary Medical Association

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  • A health association is an professional organization for health professionals. They are often based on specialty and are usually national, often with subnational or regional affiliates. Health associations usually offer and continuing education.


  • Completing; forming a complement
  • (of gene sequences, nucleotides, etc.) Related by the rules of base pairing
  • (of two or more different things) Combining in such a way as to enhance or emphasize each other’s qualities
  • complementary color: either one of two chromatic colors that when mixed together give white (in the case of lights) or grey (in the case of pigments); “yellow and blue are complementaries”
  • of words or propositions so related that each is the negation of the other; “`male’ and `female’ are complementary terms”
  • complemental: acting as or providing a complement (something that completes the whole)

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The Medical Library Association Guide to Finding Out About Complementary and Alternative Medicine: The Best Print and Electronic Resources (Medical Library Association Guides)
The Medical Library Association Guide to Finding Out About Complementary and Alternative Medicine: The Best Print and Electronic Resources (Medical Library Association Guides)
Homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic and herbal medicine, massage, yoga, acupuncture, meditation, and more: complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is now the fastest-growing sector of American health care. Librarians must be prepared to answer questions about CAM and to include authoritative, readable sources of information about it in their collections. Here’s a comprehensive introduction to the major types of CAM, from Ayurveda to spiritual healing, and an up-to-date guide to 605 books, 162 websites, and 226 periodicals covering these areas. Author Gregory A. Crawford, who holds a Doctor of Naturopathy degree in addition to both an MLS and a PhD, is ideally suited to familiarize librarians with CAM. Covering both mainstream and lesser-known treatments and therapies, he provides the history and background of each topic, explaining its major uses and the training of practitioners. An extensive annotated list of books, periodicals, and websites devoted to the specific therapy includes English-language materials from the United States, Canada, the UK, and Australia. With this guide, librarians will know how to answer questions about CAM and be able to point users to the best and most reliable sources for further information. For those seeking to better represent CAM in their own libraries, the book will also prove invaluable as a collection development tool.

Clara Barton, founder American Red Cross

Clara Barton, founder American Red Cross
Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross

Clarissa Harlowe Barton (better known as Clara Barton) (December 25, 1821 (although there is a confusion with her date of birth, as her birth certificate says the 25th, while her family members say that she was born the day before Christmas, the 24th)–April 12, 1912) was a pioneer American teacher, nurse, and humanitarian. She has been described as having had an "indomitable spirit" and is best remembered for organizing the American Red Cross.

Clara Barton was born to Captain Stephen and Sarah Barton in Oxford, Massachusetts. Her father was a farmer and horse breeder. Her mother managed the household. She was the youngest of five siblings. All her brothers and sisters were all at least 10 years older. Young Clara was home-educated and extremely bright. It is said that her older brothers and sisters were kept busy answering her many questions, and each sibling taught her complementary skills. As a child, Clara was a shy and retiring little girl, but at the age of 11, when her brother became ill, for 2 years Clara stayed by his side and learned to administer all his medicine, including the "great, loathsome crawling leeches." This was an early indication of what would become Clara’s lifework.

Clara became a teacher at age 17, a post that she was to hold for the next 18 years. For ten years, Barton taught in a small Massachusetts town, where her brother owned a factory. After she was invited to teach in a private school in Bordentown, New Jersey, Barton recognized the community’s need for free education, and despite opposition, set up one of the first free public schools in the state.

In 1854 she suffered from a serious nervous breakdown probably brought on by overwork. She took a break from teaching (which would be called a sabbatical in modern times) and attended the Clinton Liberal Institute in Clinton, New York, where she studied analytic geometry, calculus, astronomy, mathematics and natural science in addition to French, German, ancient history, philosophy and religion. Afterward, she was appointed to a job as a clerk in the Patent Office in Washington, D.C. where she learned the ins and outs of the federal bureaucracy.

When her father was dying, they had a conversation that she later said changed her life. He gave Clara a command that she would always recall:

"As a patriot he bade me serve my country with all I had, even with my life if need be; as the daughter of an accepted Mason, he bade me seek and comfort the afflicted everywhere, and as a Christian he charged me to honor God and love mankind."

When the American Civil War began, Barton resigned her position in the Patent Office to devote herself to the care of wounded soldiers on the field of battle. With the outbreak of war and the cascade of wounded Union soldiers into Washington, Miss Barton quickly recognized the unpreparedness of the Army Medical Department. In April 1861, after the First Battle of Bull Run, she established an agency to obtain and distribute supplies to wounded soldiers. For nearly a year, she lobbied the U.S. Army bureaucracy in vain to bring her own medical supplies to the battlefields. Finally, in July 1862, she obtained permission to travel behind the lines, eventually reaching some of the grimmest battlefields of the war and serving during the sieges of Petersburg and Richmond. Barton delivered aid to soldiers of both the North and South. In 1864 she was appointed by Union General Benjamin Butler "lady in charge" of the hospitals at the front of the Army of the James.

In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln placed her in charge of the search for the missing men of the Union army, and while engaged in this work she traced the fate of 30,000 men. As the War ended, she was sent to Andersonville, Georgia, to identify and mark the graves of Union soldiers buried there. This experience launched her on a nationwide campaign to identify soldiers missing during the Civil War. She published lists of names in newspapers and exchanged letters with veterans and soldiers’ families. She also delivered lectures on her war experiences, which were well received. She met Susan B. Anthony and began a long association with the suffrage movement. She also became acquainted with Frederick Douglass and became an activist for black civil rights.

The search for missing soldiers and years of toil during the Civil War physically debilitated Miss Barton. In 1869, her doctors recommended a restful trip to Europe. In 1870, while she was overseas (on "vacation"), she became involved with the International Red Cross and its humanitarian work during the war between France and Prussia. Created in 1864, the International Red Cross had been chartered to provide humane services to all victims during wartime under a flag of neutrality.

When she returned to the United States, she inaugurated a movement to secure recognition of the International Red Cross soc

British Medical Association, NSW

British Medical Association, NSW
The Macquarie Street building of the British Medical Association’s NSW branch in Sydney.

I went here today to visit the Sydney Allergy Immunology Consultants and find out what it is exactly causes my hayfever symptoms.

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Alternative Medicine Resource Guide (Medical Library Association)
Although there is an abundance of material available on various aspects of alternative medicine, there is no one source to which a user can turn for information on publications, organizations, educational and treatment programs, and products. Information on these resources is scattered, incomplete, and often of questionable authority. With respect to books and journals, users face a vast number of materials on these subjects which vary widely in quality, appropriateness, authority, and readability.

This book contains information on resources and publications in the general field of alternative medicine and thirty-two specific modalities. It is organized into two main sections: a resource guide provides reference information on the specific services and products available to both the lay and professional audience by organization and company. Appendixes include a directory of publishers and a general index. Includes a bibliography. An essential reference for public as well as medical libraries.