Safer use of traditional remedies

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6937.1161c (Published 30 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1161
  1. Jonathan Howell,
  2. Peter James,
  3. Sam Ramaiah
  1. Senior registrar in public health medicine, Consultant in public health medicine, Director of public health medicine, Walsall Health Authority, Walsall WS1 1TE.

    Don't generalise about traditional remedies

    EDITOR,--David J Atherton's article on traditional remedies makes repeated generalisations about these remedies, their practitioners, and patients.1 He states that “when people from less developed countries emigrate they continue to seek medical advice from traditional practitioners” and that “large amounts of traditional medicine are imported into Britain,” but he …

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