KENNETH D. GARDNER JR., M.D.
The $2 Billion Americans spend each year on quackery (1) is a pittance compared with the $98 billion spent annually on health care (2). It is not a pittance, however, in relation to federal support for health research. Congress has earmarked $2 billion to support the basic health research activities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation during 1980 (3). In brief, the American public this year will support quackery and basic orthodox health research with roughly equivalent amounts of money. Why do consumers continue to buy quack remedies when orthodox medicine seems to better
GARDNER KD. Hope, Quackery, and Orthodox Health Research. Ann Intern Med. 1980;93:503–504. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-93-3-503
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