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Obstacles to research in complementary and alternative medicine

Edzard Ernst
Med J Aust 2003; 179 (6): 279-280.

If we address the obstacles, high quality CAM research is possible

Edzard Ernst, MD, PhD, FRCP, Professor of Complementary Medicine
Peninsula Medical School, Exeter, Devon, UK.
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