Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: In explaining the absence of
demonstrable benefits of acupuncture used in treating cocaine addiction in
the study of Dr Margolin and colleagues,1
surely one of the least plausible explanations is that the protocol, which
provided a maximum of a $20 per week reward, "fostered retention of more severely
addicted, unmotivated patients," while better-motivated subjects were likely
to drop out.
Newman RG. Acupuncture for the Treatment of Cocaine Addiction. JAMA. 2002;287(14):1800–1802. doi:10.1001/jama.287.14.1799
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