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According equal status would help integration

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7010.947b (Published 07 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:947
  1. V R Subramanyam
  1. Senior lecturer College of Medicine, Department of Microbiology, P/Bag 360, Chichiri, Blantyre 3, Malawi

    EDITOR,--Rajendra Kale exaggerates in his generalisation that in India graduates with the degree of bachelor of ayurvedic medicine and surgery set up in general practice and dispense allopathic medicines without having received any training in their use.1 No doubt a small proportion of the graduates resort to this bad practice, just as a proportion of graduates with the degree of MB, BS dispense homoeopathic or ayurvedic medicines.

    I am a great believer in the integration of different systems of medicine. Integration is more likely to be viable, however, if the different systems are accorded equal status. For example, in India, though different systems of medicine (ayurveda, siddha, unani, and homoeopathy) are officially recognised, the salaries offered to allopathic doctors and the “other” doctors differ greatly. As the granting of equal status to doctors from other “well recognised” and “organised” systems of medicine has not been possible, the integration of traditional healers is a long way away.

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