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Editor's Correspondence
April 24, 2000

Integrative Medicine: Who Needs It and Why?

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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):1205. doi:

The debate between Relman and Weil1 is instructive and relevant to what happens today in many countries. I agree with every comment made by Relman and I disagree with most of what is said by Weil. But I think both physicians omitted the most important issue, namely, why do patients and physicians call it alternative medicine? Moreover, why do patients and physicians feel they need alternative medicine, and what do they gain from it?

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