Author's reply

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7061.882a (Published 05 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:882
  1. Julie Stone, Research associate, Hempsons Solicitors
  1. 146 Ferme Park Road, London N8 9SE

    EDITOR,—I welcome rigorous research into complementary medicine and commend the Research Council for Complementary Medicine for its vital role in facilitating such research and disseminating its findings. I take issue, however, with Andrew Vickers's assertion that my reasons for doubting the appropriateness of statutory regulation rest on “a common but misplaced argument about the nature of medicine and science.” The conferring of statutory status is, above all, a political issue. The statement …

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