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Alternative Medicine Series Touches on Many Subjects

KEY POINT

While often portrayed as a “recent” trend, today’s use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by Americans is the result of a secular trend that began at least half a century ago and will continue for the foreseeable future. This and other useful information on CAM is currently featured in an ongoing series in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

SOURCES

Kaptchuk TJ, Eisenberg DM. Varieties of healing. 1: Medical pluralism in the United States. Ann Intern Med. 2001;135:189–95.

Kaptchuk TJ, Eisenberg DM. Varieties of healing. 2: A taxonomy of unconventional healing practices. Ann Intern Med. 2001;135:196–204.

Kessler RC et al. Long-term trends in the use of complementary and alternative medical therapies in the United States. Ann Intern Med. 2001;135:262–8.

Eisenberg DM et al. Perceptions about complementary therapies relative to conventional therapies among adults who use both: results from a national survey. Ann Intern Med. 2001;135:344–51.

Goldman P. Herbal medicines today and the roots of modern pharmacology. Ann Intern Med. 2001;135:594–600.