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Editor's Correspondence
September 27, 1999

Systematic Research Is Needed in Alternative Medicine

Arch Intern Med. 1999;159(17):2090-2091. doi:

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasingly popular among the general population and the medical profession. This is demonstrated by recent survey data1,2 and by the fact that the editorial board, senior staff, and editors of the Journal of the American Medical Association and the American Medical Association's (AMA's) ARCHIVES journals ranked CAM among the 3 most important topics for publication in future issues.3 The November 1998 coordinated theme issues of the AMA journals offered a respected forum for researchers to present new scientific data on issues related to CAM. These published articles may provide an interesting account of the current research in this field.

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