Re: Lifestyle medicine: a new medical specialty?
a) Has the body of knowledge expanded substantially over the years with the potential to benefit patients?
b) Do diverse branches of medicine have a common thread in relation to understanding the matter and added benefits to patients, when a single branch appears to be conferring limited benefits?
c) Is the new speciality likely to be vibrant with ongoing and continued research for widening the scope and adding to knowledge?
As the answers to all three questions and probably more are in the affirmative, there is certain merit in supporting Lifestyle Medicine as a new medical speciality. A degree of overlap and some initial bickering is to be expected, yet proven yields in the new speciality would justify its creation and consequent consolidation.
Dr Murar E Yeolekar, Mumbai
Competing interests: No competing interests