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May 26, 1999

Demography and Disease

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Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(20):1893. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-20-jbk0526

In Reply: Dr Cassileth's question "Is osteopathic medicine alternative?" currently cleaves the osteopathic community. This issue has been addressed in a recent survey1 and numerous editorials.2,3 Cassileth has her finger on the pulse of the "allopathic wing" of the American Osteopathic Association. Verily, American Osteopathic Association Executive Director R. Draba summarized his opinion in a letter to me: "Osteopathic medicine is as American as apple pie and Chevy trucks. It's mainstream medicine . . . there's nothing alternative about osteopathic medicine" (written communication, 1994).

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