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The Other Medicine

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 14 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:923
  1. Kristina Fister (, editorial registrar
  1. BMJ

    BBC Radio 4, 21 September to 2 November at 9 pm

    One in four UK residents regularly uses complementary and alternative therapies, spending a total of more than £1bn ($1.8bn; €1.4bn) a year. This six part series aims to explore this “other medicine”—why so many people are attracted to it, what is the evidence, if any, that it works, how it can affect our health and wellbeing, and whether it will ever become fully integrated with NHS care.

    Presenter Anna Ford speaks to patients and practitioners, researchers and scientists, sceptics and believers, and we even witness her own sessions with alternative therapists (she is, her therapist tells her, apparently suffering …

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