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July 8, 1974


Author Affiliations

Hahnemann Medical College Philadelphia

JAMA. 1974;229(2):140. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230400016013

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To the Editor.—  Some questions have been raised as to the effectiveness of acupuncture therapy in the hands of a non-Oriental American physician vs those of an Oriental physician. A unique test for this question has occurred at the Division of Surgical Research at Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, Philadelphia. An Oriental-born but American-trained, Board-certified general surgeon, I trained my research fellow, Dr. Bruce Levy, who was resident in anesthesiology, in the art of acupuncture. The technique for acupuncture therapy for each disorder was the same used by each of these two physicians because of the preceptorship type of training.In more than 200 patients treated with intractable pain from osteoarthritis of the cervical or lumbosacral spines and in more than 40 patients with proven refractory migraine headaches, the results of acupuncture therapy were similar no matter which physician performed the treatment. In the 100 patients with osteoarthritis whom Dr.