Is it ethical for medical practitioners to prescribe alternative and complementary treatments that may lack an evidence base?

Luis Vitetta, Shoshannah L Beck, Samantha Coulson and Avni Sali
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.10916
Published online: 17 October 2011

To the Editor: We read with interest the commentaries by Pirotta and Dwyer on complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs).1,2 This debate has a long history, spanning more than two decades,3 and the pessimism continues to ignore good science.2

  • Luis Vitetta1
  • Shoshannah L Beck1
  • Samantha Coulson1
  • Avni Sali2

  • 1 Centre for Integrative Clinical and Molecular Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 2 National institute of Integrative Medicine, Melbourne, VIC.


Competing interests:

Luis Vitetta and Avni Sali have research collaborations with nutraceutical companies in Australia.


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