Advising Patients Who Seek Alternative Medical Therapies

  title={Advising Patients Who Seek Alternative Medical Therapies},
  author={D. Eisenberg},
  journal={Annals of Internal Medicine},
  • D. Eisenberg
  • Published 1997
  • Medicine
  • Annals of Internal Medicine
  • Alternative therapies can be defined as medical interventions that are neither taught widely in U.S. medical schools nor generally available in U.S. hospitals [1]. Examples include chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, and homeopathy. In 1993, my colleagues and I reported that an estimated 60 million Americans used alternative medical therapies in 1990 at an estimated cost of $13.7 billion, that the estimated number of annual visits to providers of alternative medicine (425 million) exceeded the… CONTINUE READING
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