Abstract | Researching complementary medicine – ‘mission impossible’

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Our unit was created 10 years ago with the remit to conduct rigorous research into complementary medicine. As straightforward as this task may seem, it turned out to be not a small order indeed. First, complementary medicine is a huge and highly diverse area (Table 1). Second, applying science to it is fraught with logistical obstacles, methodological problems and ‘ideological’ complications. At the time, there was little agreement other than one: the task was both timely and important. The general population was (and is) in the middle of a romance with all things alternative, and no university chair did (or does) exist in the UK to carry out this ‘mission impossible’.


*Complementary Medicine
Peninsula Medical School
Universities of Exeter & Plymouth
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