Is Alternative Medicine Really 'Medicine'?

In Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, Paul Offit takes aim at the $34-billion-a-year alternative medicine industry, which he says peddles treatments that are unproven — and sometimes deadly. Victoria Maizes, of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, agrees that some alternative treatments can harm but argues that others are beneficial and have a place in modern medicine.

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