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December 2, 1998

Mind-Body Medicine—Fringe or Mainstream?—Reply

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 1998;280(21):1827. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-21-jbk1202

In Reply.—I sympathize with Dr Madill in his sincere plea that the mind-body connection should be recognized as a cornerstone of mainstream practice of medicine. As a physician practicing in London, England, with an interest in alternative medicine, I have the advantage of listening to both sides of the argument.

Dr Joseph Segen, author of the Dictionary of Alternative Medicine,1 has categorized various forms of alternative medicine to rate and grade them. However, no classification is inflexible. Madill is justified in protesting that mind-body medicine has been classified as fringe medicine, but is fair in that he is not blaming Segen but aiming his protest at health professionals worldwide.