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Senate Hears Testimony Supporting OAM

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Science  17 Oct 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5337, pp. 378
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5337.378

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Critics of the Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM), the National Institutes of Health's (NIH's) controversial outfit for testing unconventional therapies, have mounted a letter-writing campaign accusing the office of lending credibility to quackery and calling on Congress to eliminate it. But OAM's supporters are pushing vigorously in the opposite direction: OAM, they say, should get at least a 10-fold budget increase and be elevated to the status of a full-fledged NIH center. Neither camp is likely to get its wish, however.