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Editor's Correspondence
April 24, 2000

The Power of the Mind

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Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2000

Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(8):1204-1205. doi:

In his position expressed in the April 9, 1999, debate transcribed for the ARCHIVES, Relman scoffs at the fact that "practitioners of alternative medicine . . . believe in the power of mind and thought to change physical matter and heal organic diseases."1

As an increasingly alternative or holistic internist, my deeply held belief in the power of the mind to cure the body comes not from exposure to the likes of Weil, but from my conventional Harvard Medical School education, which included the study of articles published in the New England Journal of Medicine while Relman was the editor-in-chief.

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