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Complementary Therapies

  • Jost LanghorstEmail author
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Abstract

“Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is used to described a wide variety of methods, procedures, substances, and medical systems. Complementary medicine is practiced in addition to conventional medicine, whereas alternative medicine is intended to replace standard methods. For this reason, alternative methods are generally rejected by the scientific community.”

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Internal and Integrative MedicineKlinikum Bamberg, Sozialstiftung BambergBambergGermany

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