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Integrated Cancer Care: Holistic, Complementary and Creative Approaches

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 15 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1432
  1. Susannah Baron, specialist registrar in dermatology (
  1. Leeds General Infirmary

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    Ed Jennifer Barraclough

    Oxford University Press, £29.95, pp 312

    ISBN 0 19 263095 4

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    Hype, hope, or healing? Complementary and alternative medicine is becoming increasingly popular in the United Kingdom, with a fifth of the population using it. Britons spend £1.6bn a year on complementary medicine (in the United States the figure is £21bn) and there are now 49 000 practitioners.

    Complementary medicine adopts a different philosophy to conventional medicine. The idea is that a healthy body is …

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