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September 23, 1974

Medical News

JAMA. 1974;229(13):1703-1716. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230510003002

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Abstract

AMA group finds Chinese medicine excels in some areas  The Chinese are doing remarkably good work in limb replantation and burn therapy; acupuncture may not be all that is claimed, but as an analgesic, it works; and the amount of preventive medicine practiced in China is simply overwhelming.These are some of the impressions brought back by the American Medical Association's 16-member delegation, which recently completed its three-week visit to China.The delegation, headed by AMA President Malcolm C. Todd, MD, of Long Beach, Calif, concluded that while study of acupuncture to alleviate pain is important, use of acupuncture in an effort to cure human ills is dubious."Acupuncture is to be regarded as experimental medicine, legal in the United States only in investigational settings in the hands of licensed physicians, dentists, and research scientists. Acupuncture should not be permitted to become a new kind of quackery in the

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