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April 1, 1998

Efficacy of Acupuncture

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(13):993. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-13-jbk0401

To the Editor.—I write on behalf of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA) regarding the comments of Dr Levit in the Medical News & Perspectives article on acupuncture.1 The AAMA firmly agrees that allowing nonphysician acupuncturists who are "insufficiently trained in medicine" to treat patients may result in patients not receiving "adequate treatment." However, we believe that Levit may be misrepresenting important facts about the efficacy of acupuncture.