Acupuncture: Does it alleviate pain and are there serious risks? A review of reviews

@article{Ernst2011AcupunctureDI,
  title={Acupuncture: Does it alleviate pain and are there serious risks? A review of reviews},
  author={Edzard Ernst and Myeong Soo Lee and Tae-Young Choi},
  journal={PAIN{\textregistered}},
  year={2011},
  volume={152},
  pages={755-764}
}

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    Complementary Medicine Research
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