Alternative Health Care

Michael D. Lockshin, Neil Smalheiser, Louis H. Philipson, Timothy B. Mccall, Edward J. Volpintesta, Faith T Fitzgerald

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To the Editor: In her article in the October 27 issue,1 Dr. Fitzgerald raises important issues about the thinking of patients participating in alternative health care, but she does not touch on four other issues related to the topic. The first concerns a quantitative statement of the extent of the problem: recent studies on the frequency of alternative-health-care use among patients with arthritis attending university rheumatic-disease clinics found more than 90 percent of patients also using alternative treatments.2 , 3 An estimate of additional patients not known to orthodox medicine is not available. A second issue is that third-party payers, appropriately.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)790-792
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Mar 22 1984

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    Lockshin, M. D., Smalheiser, N., Philipson, L. H., Mccall, T. B., Volpintesta, E. J., & Fitzgerald, F. T. (1984). Alternative Health Care. New England Journal of Medicine, 310(12), 790-792.