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Editor's Correspondence
August 12/26, 2002

Integrative Medicine: Not a Carte Blanche for Untested Nonsense

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Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(15):1781-1782. doi:

The "integrative medicine" put forward by Bell et al1 is a most fascinating ideal. From my point of view, it deserves several comments.

First, "integrative medicine" is not new. It is virtually identical with good holistic medicine as it existed throughout the history of medicine. Inventing fancy new terminology for something that always was at the heart of our profession might distract from the purpose and turn out to be counterproductive.

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