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December 9, 1998

An Even Closer Look at Therapeutic Touch

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 1998;280(22):1905-1908. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-22-jac80017

To the Editor.—The conclusion of Ms Rosa and colleagues1 that "further professional use [of TT] is unjustified" should be more subtle. Despite the current vogue for evidence-based medicine, clinicians use many modalities that have not been validated in double-blind studies. Sometimes higher standards are demanded of innocuous alternative therapies than potentially dangerous but accepted conventional ones. Should treatments that have no pernicious effects (eg, TT) be expected to meet the standards demanded of potentially harmful biochemical or surgical interventions?