Katherine Gundling, MD
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Gundling K.; In the Name of Medicine. Ann Intern Med. 1998;129:589. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-129-7-199810010-00023
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1998;129(7):589.
TO THE EDITOR:
Dr. Berkenwald  eloquently described the complexity of terminology. I would like to add, however, that our profession's adoption of the word allopath should be reconsidered. The term is now used in editorials and articles in major journals and papers [2-4]. The distinction between homeopath and allopath may have been a logical one to Hahnemann (the founder of homeopathy), but today we have naturopaths who treat illness with natural remedies; osteopaths, who place particular emphasis on the spine; and a host of specialized therapies to prevent and cure every ailment. In this sense, allopathy is perceived as just one of many styles of practice, limited by its (apparent) use of foreign or synthetic (and therefore bad) substances.
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