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November 1998

Alternative NeurologyThe Ketogenic Diet

Arch Neurol. 1998;55(11):1403-1404. doi:10.1001/archneur.55.11.1403

In some respects at least, myths and science fulfill a similar function: they both provide human beings with a representation of the world and of the forces that are supposed to govern it. They both fix the limits of what is considered as possible. . . . Whether mythic or scientific, the view of the world that man builds is always largely a product of his imagination. François Jacob, The Possible and the Actual

THIS MONTH several journals of the American Medical Association include articles on the general theme of alternative medicine, a loosely defined assortment of techniques such as magnetic therapy, acupuncture, therapeutic touch, herbal medicine, and biofeedback that are unified by their relative lack of rigorous scientific validation. In conjunction with the alternative medicine theme, this issue of the ARCHIVES features an article by Vining and colleagues1 summarizing their multicenter study of the ketogenic diet for children with epilepsy.

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