Complementary Medicine. Why bother for a whole term? www.bradfordvts.co.uk. Complementary or Alternative. Which is more acceptable to who? Needs complementing? Need for alternative? Whose need? What can we learn from these practitioners?. One image !. Or Another?. Caring Holistic
Why bother for a whole term?
No iatrogenic problems?
“Scientific medicine is making big advances in drugs, technology, and genetics, yet more and more patients use complementary therapies. EBM dominates our discourse, yet health professionals increasingly refer to and practice complementary therapies that have little scientific evidence of efficacy.”
21% of GPs refer patients to complementary practitioners
10% of GPs treat patients with complementary medicine themselves
US (1990) made 425 m. Visits to comp. Practitioners and 388 m. Visits to family physiciansHow Popular?
Maybe a obvious slant but fascinating !
The Which? Guide to Complementary Medicine
Which ? Books
An excellent fairly balanced introduction
ABC of Complementary medicine
Starting BMJ 319 11/9/99 Page 693
But shouldn’t be all you use!
Medline - 4,000 references to complementary medicine
And the ugly