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September 22, 1993

Alternative Medicine Office Urged to Act Rapidly

JAMA. 1993;270(12):1400. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510120012004

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THE OFFICE of Alternative Medicine (OAM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Md, is being urged to get down to specifics without delay and establish a timetable to accomplish the goals it sets for itself. This was the message, repeated by many speakers, to Joseph Jacobs, MD, PhD, the director of the office, at a meeting this summer of its ad hoc advisory panel.

"I'm impressed that this panel has taken on the responsibility of giving this new office a clear voice from the community regarding its charter for action. Of course, it remains to be seen if the office will take this forward, but I believe it will. I have heard nothing but positive indicators. I believe Dr Jacobs is committed to moving this forward," says panelist Gar Hildenbrand, executive director of the Gerson Institute, Bonita, Calif. (In a subsequent telephone conversation, a spokesperson at the Gerson