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Complementary and Alternative Medicine 

Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Author(s):

Tony Y. Chon

and Brent A. Bauer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190464868.003.0025
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date: 19 October 2019

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has many meanings, each derived in part from its context. From a physician perspective (ie, the biomedical model), CAM has often been defined as “those therapies utilized by patients but not taught in medical school.” Traditionally, CAM has encompassed treatments such as acupuncture, herbs and dietary supplements, massage, and chiropractic. Yet, in recent decades, the explosive growth of research in this arena has led to a number of therapies increasingly being incorporated into conventional training and practice.

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