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Published in: Vol. 5, No. 2
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Dancing in the Dark, or Sleeping With the Enemy?

The June 6, 2000, issue of Academic Medicine contained an invited article by Stephen E. Straus, MD, director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Academic Medicine, the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, is read largely by medical school faculties. I wrote this reply at the suggestion of several officials of the AAMC. Its edited contents will be printed in the March 2001 issue of that journal. The following is the unabridged version, submitted as a commentary article. The editors would allow its printing only as a letter to the editor.

THE JUNE 6, 2000 ISSUE OF ACADEMIC MEDICINE contained an invited article by Stephen E. Straus, MD, director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). In justifying the existence of the NCCAM, Dr. Straus’s article accepts presumptions and concepts that will divert medical education from reason and science. Some declarations are simply incorrect. I will address both the article’s facts and philosophical and political themes.

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