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November 9, 1998

When Did I Become an "Allopath"?

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Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998

Arch Intern Med. 1998;158(20):2185-2186. doi:10.1001/archinte.158.20.2185

JUST WHEN did I become an allopath? I am hearing and reading this term more and more lately.1-6 It is likely used to distinguish doctors of medicine from naturopaths, homeopaths, osteopaths, and myriad others who are interested in helping patients, but its recent embrace by the medical profession is concerning. Perhaps we should think twice about using it uncritically.