Harvard investing in alternative medicine program
[05/15/2001; Cable News Network]
BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- Harvard Medical School, acknowledging
that patients are increasingly experimenting with holistic and
other alternative treatments, is creating an institute for nontraditional
Researchers at the prestigious medical school will examine the
effectiveness of such treatments as acupuncture, herbal therapies
and massage, and look at how they work or interact with traditional
"You can't practice medicine these days without knowing what patients
are doing, and a tremendous amount of them are doing it," said
Dr. Dan Federman, who helped start Harvard's new program.
Harvard calls its program integrative medicine, for the combination
of alternative and mainstream treatments. Americans made an estimated
600 million office visits to practitioners of integrative medicine
and spent $30 billion on treatments, according to a recent Harvard
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