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Pediatricians' attitudes, experience and referral patterns regarding complementary/alternative medicine: a national survey

Anju Sawni* and Ronald Thomas

BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2007, 7:18  doi:10.1186/1472-6882-7-18

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CAM use in a South African perspective

Neal O'Donnell   (2007-06-18 11:04)  Specialist anaesthetic nurse email

There is some anecdotal evidence that CAM use is on the increase in South Africa. There is also anecdotal evidence that there persists a strong antipathy to the use by conventional medical practitioners. This particularly so amongst surgeons and anaesthetists. Shawni's survey is interesting in that it demonstrates the potential of a closing of the gap between CAM and conventional medicine, which could have some benfit in the third-world state of health in South Africa. One would hope that more of the evidence will appear in the future.

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