Complementary and alternative medicine: the convergence of public interest and science in the United States

Margaret A Chesney and Stephen E Straus
Med J Aust 2004; 181 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2004.tb06304.x
Published online: 20 September 2004

CAM research is leading to changes in the vitamin cabinet and the clinic

  • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA.


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