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December 9, 1998

An Even Closer Look at Therapeutic Touch

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 1998;280(22):1905-1908. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-22-jac80017

To the Editor.—Members of the greater Kansas City chapter of Nurse Healers–Professional Associates are disappointed in the authors' use of a child's fourth-grade science project to support an anti-TT crusade.1 To describe this child's homework as "research" is without foundation since it clearly fails to meet the criteria of randomization, control, and valid intervention. The "researcher's" qualifications to conduct research and those of her mother are nonexistent. Flagrant violations against TT include the fact that "sensing" an energy field is not TT but rather a nonessential element in the 5-step process; inclusion of many misrepresentations of cited sources; use of inflammatory language that indicates significant author bias; and bias introduced by the child conducting the project being involved in the actual trials.

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