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US spends more than £16bn on alternative remedies

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7170.1408a (Published 21 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1408
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Four out of 10 Americans are using alternative medicine–everything from acupuncture and biofeedback to herbs and magnets–and they're not telling their doctors, according to studies published in JAMA (1998;280:1549-640) and other, specialist journals of the American Medical Association.

    “There is no ‘alternative medicine,' only scientifically proven medicine,” said Dr George Lundberg, editor of JAMA. “In God we trust; all others must have data,” he said, quoting his colleague Dr Claude Organ, editor of the Archives of Surgery.

    A JAMA survey of its readers showed that American doctors wanted scientific information about alternative medicine. Patients were …

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