Complementary medicine and genetic medicine: Polar disciplines or dynamic partners?

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For more than a decade, a powerful movement promoting the integration of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and conventional medicine has evolved. Throughout the same period, there has been a monumental shift in the biologic sciences, and in perspectives on disease, resulting from advances in genetics. It is noteworthy, and perhaps not coincidental, that these "movements" have been occurring in parallel. The simultaneous growth of complementary medicine and genetic medicine may be fueled by a deep interest in the development of "personalized" medicine. There is a prevailing view that the metaphysical visions of these two fields are in conflict. To advance discussion of this question, we describe what we believe are the common philosophies and goals of these apparently disparate fields, and why it would be advantageous for them to work together in the service of the public's health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-347
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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