The views expressed by Graeme Fricke (Letters, The Scientist, June 27, 1994, page 13) regarding the integration of alternative medical approaches with conventional biomedical treatments appear reasonable, relative to evaluating treatment efficacy and safety. Where I find these views wanting is in perspective.

Open-minded intellectual curiosity is required to realize that the broadest possible perspective will yield the best data for analysis, and lead to greater understanding of a particular subject. This approach to scientific investigation describes an unbiased, open perspective, and indicates respect for the intellectual integrity of those with different viewpoints.

A predetermined or biased approach inhibits the development of broader knowledge. Bias is unintentional in most instances, and most often arises from too narrow a perspective, rather than from some self-serving motivation. Therefore, I would ask what Graeme Fricke's perspective is when using terms such as "mainstream," "so-called medical professionals," "real medicine," and "purveyors." What are the...

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