Regulating complementary medicine

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7061.881c (Published 05 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:881

Researchers into complementary therapy do not have to “sacrifice their therapeutic integrity”

  1. Andrew Vickers, Director, information services
  1. Research Council for Complementary Medicine, London WC1N 3JF

    EDITOR,—Julie Stone's editorial cautioning against the statutory regulation of complementary treatments rests on a common but misplaced argument about the nature of medicine and science.1 Regulation is said to depend on a treatment resting on solid foundations in science, having examinable knowledge and skills, and being demonstrably effective by “objective standards.” This is described as the need for validation “within a scientific paradigm.”1 Stone then claims that, to meet such criteria, …

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