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June 10, 1998

Alternative MedicineDictionary of Alternative Medicine

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998American Medical Association


by Joseph C. Segen, 407 pp, with illus, paper, $29.95, ISBN 0-8385-1620-3, Stamford, Conn, Appleton & Lange, 1998.

JAMA. 1998;279(22):1838-1839. doi:10.1001/jama.279.22.1838-JBK0610-3-1

What happens in Washington today is most likely to happen in London tomorrow and Dublin the day after. The increasing popularity of alternative medicine is shared across the Atlantic. The demand for alternative therapies by the public in the United States and Britain has reached such a level that many medical doctors, after obtaining postgraduate diplomas, have opted to specialize in alternative medicine practices such as homoeopathy, acupuncture, and Ayurvedic medicine. In the United Kingdom, homeopathic treatment is supplied free of charge under the National Health Service to those who ask for it instead of allopathic drug therapy. Under such circumstances, there is a need for an up-to-date, unbiased, and concise dictionary of alternative medicine. This book appears to fill the gap.

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