Only soft evidence

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 19 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:504
  1. E Ernst

    Recently I was invited to advise the Italian organisation of spa institutions on research issues. Unlike in the UK, spa medicine is very much alive on the Continent. It has an ancient tradition, patients swear by it, and whole towns make a living from it. Often the health insurance companies even pay for the treatment. But, in a time in which we are all asked to find ways of reducing the cost of healthcare and medicine is finally …

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