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Letters Acupuncture infections

Editorial exaggerates the risk

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 16 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3148
  1. Adrian R White, clinical research fellow1,
  2. Mike Cummings, medical director2
  1. 1Peninsula Medical School, Plymouth PL6 8BX
  2. 2British Medical Acupuncture Society, Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital, London WC1N
  1. adrian.white{at}

    Acupuncture is increasingly popular, and Woo and colleagues correctly emphasise the need to increase awareness of its side effects and for training and regulation.1

    But the risk of infection is overstated because the editorial is based largely on anecdotal evidence: a 33 year old review, four case reports, a retrospective case series, and one epidemiological study from South Korea. It …

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