Integrative medicine or infiltrative pseudoscience?

  title={Integrative medicine or infiltrative pseudoscience?},
  author={Ben Li and Thomas L. Forbes and John Stephen Byrne},
  journal={The surgeon : journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland},
  volume={16 5},
  • Ben Li, T. Forbes, J. Byrne
  • Published 1 October 2018
  • Medicine
  • The surgeon : journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland
Evidence-based medicine, first described in 1992, offers a clear, systematic, and scientific approach to the practice of medicine. Recently, the non-evidence-based practice of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been increasing in the United States and around the world, particularly at medical institutions known for providing rigorous evidence-based care. The use of CAM may cause harm to patients through interactions with evidence-based medications or if patients choose to forego… 
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