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Books, Journals, New Media
November 3, 1999

Alternative MedicineThe Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine

Author Affiliations

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


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JAMA. 1999;282(17):1682-1683. doi:10.1001/jama.282.17.1682-JBK1103-3-1

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has a large and growing following in this country and throughout the world. The estimated number of US visits to CAM practitioners increased from 427 million in 1990 to 629 million in 1997, and the estimated out-of-pocket expenditures reached $27 billion,1 with an additional three to four billion dollars spent by the public on herbal supplements. In France and Germany both herbal and homeopathic medicines are routinely prescribed by physicians along with conventional pharmaceuticals. In the UK there has long been a tradition of homeopathy, and, following recent changes, unorthodox treatments are available under National Health Service guidelines.

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