Alternative medicine--the risks of untested and unregulated remedies.

  title={Alternative medicine--the risks of untested and unregulated remedies.},
  author={Marcia Angell and Jerome P. Kassirer},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  volume={339 12},
  • M. Angell, J. Kassirer
  • Published 17 September 1998
  • Medicine, Political Science
  • The New England journal of medicine
What is there about alternative medicine that sets it apart from ordinary medicine? The term refers to a remarkably heterogeneous group of theories and practices — as disparate as homeopathy, therapeutic touch, imagery, and herbal medicine. What unites them? Eisenberg et al. defined alternative medicine (now often called complementary medicine) as “medical interventions not taught widely at U.S. medical schools or generally available at U.S. hospitals.”1 That is not a very satisfactory… 
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