Safer use of traditional remedies Clinical trials may fail to get ethical approval

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6935.1043 (Published 16 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1043
  1. D J M Reynolds
  1. Department of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Oxford, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford OX2 6HE.

    EDITOR, - In his editorial on the safer use of traditional remedies David J Atherton called for “opening of channels of communication in an atmosphere less pervaded by suspicion and hostility.”1 One of the most effective approaches to reducing any existing hostility to traditional remedies would be to determine their efficacy and safety by subjecting them to scientific scrutiny in well designed clinical trials. Orthodox Western medicine …

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