Indian doctors decry proposal to teach traditional medicine

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 10 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1090
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    A proposal by the Indian health ministry to introduce courses in traditional medicine in colleges teaching modern medicine has kicked up a controversy, with doctors describing the plan as unwarranted and unsafe.

    Top officials of the Indian Medical Association and the Medical Council of India have said that exposing students to different systems of medicine could promote ambiguity, confusion, and even quackery.

    The health ministry's department of Indian systems of medicine has proposed lessons in ayurveda, siddha, and unani medicine to students pursuing modern medicine. Ayurveda and Siddha originated in India more than 3000 …

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