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December 2, 1998

Mind-Body Medicine—Fringe or Mainstream?

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(21):1827. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-21-jbk1202

To the Editor.—A persistent and pervasive fallacy that sadly is still very much alive in modern medicine is recycled once again in a book review1 of the Dictionary of Alternative Medicine. Dr Qureshi defined the following informal therapeutic systems as "fringe" medicine: aromatherapy, massage therapy, biofeedback, light therapy, color therapy, sound therapy, energy medicine, music therapy, hydrotherapy, mind/body medicine, and iridology.

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