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Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Committee on the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by the American Public.

Complementary and alternative medicine in the United States / Committee on the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by the American Public, Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

p. ; cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 0-309-09270-1 (hardcover)

1. Alternative medicine—United States.

[DNLM: 1. Complementary Therapies—United States. 2. Biomedical Research—United States. 3. Health Policy—United States. WB 890 I59 2004] I. Title.

R733.I5633 2004



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