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The Nature Doctor: A Manual of Traditional and Complementary Medicine.
by Dr. H. C. A. Vogel. 1991. Keat's Publishing, Inc., 27 Pine Street, Box 876, New Canaan, CT. Softcover. 678 pp. $17.95. ISBN 0-87983-559-1.

This is a completely new and revised edition of the now classic volume written by Dr. Vogel in 1952. The previous edition has sold over two million copies and has been translated into eleven languages. The author has had over 65 years of experience in treating patients with natural foods and herbal medicines and is the founder of the Swiss company Bioforce, a leading manufacturer of natural foods and herbal products with worldwide distribution.

The book is composed as a guide to various types of common and household illnesses from burns and scalds, cuts and scratches, to colds, constipation, diarrhea, headaches, and insect bites to childhood diseases, fevers, sore throats, and a host of other common complaints. Additionally, the author deals with various organs and organ systems and appropriate foods and herbs for treatments.

Dr. Vogel uses a wide selection of herbs, wild fruits and berries, and homeopathic remedies, as well as common foods and spices, clay, steam baths, and a host of other natural remedies that are characteristic of the European tradition of Heilpraktika, natural healing. I have considered the previous work a reliable and often-used reference in my library during my first twenty years of herbal study. With the author's great depth of experience, the newly revised and much-expanded volume will no doubt become an indispensable part of my herb studies over the next twenty years.

Article copyright American Botanical Council.