Fatalities after CAM: an overview

Ernst, Edzard
June 2011
British Journal of General Practice;Jun2011, Vol. 61 Issue 587, p404
Academic Journal
The author highlights the rare but potentially serious nature of adverse events after complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). He summarises reports of fatalities that have occurred after acupuncture, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)-chelation therapy, and chiropractic and notes that a total of over 100 deaths were associated with such therapies. He also cites the likelihood of incomplete reporting of outcomes and asserts the need to implement adverse effects monitoring schemes.


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