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October 2, 2002

Alternative Medicine, EthicsThe Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Accommodating Pluralism

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2002;288(13):1655-1656. doi:10.1001/jama.288.13.1655

This text contains 11 articles discussing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Eight contributors hold the MD degree, six do not. Each essay seeks to answer one or more of the following questions: Is there only one acceptable method of scientific evaluation? How tolerant should medicine be of different methodologies? What does it mean to say that a therapy works? What is a suitable research agenda for CAM?

In the introduction the editor tells us that he sought (and found) authors who were sympathetic to CAM yet "able to approach it with their critical faculties intact and subject it to hard scrutiny." Nevertheless, I think it can be shown that the text, taken as a whole, exhibits a decidedly pro-CAM bias.

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