Stephen J. Clark, MD
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To the Editor: In their editorial, Bloom and Kissick (1) invoke Bohr's principle of complementarity in dealing with the socioeconomics of health care. As is often the case with the social sciences, a concept from the physical sciences is exploited for its metaphorical content, while its actual meaning is trivialized, ignored, or even worse, misunderstood. The authors maintain that Bohr posited this principle as a "theory" to explain the behavior of "light as a wave or a pulse." This description is incomplete and incorrect.
Complementarity is not so much a theory as it is a principle or dogma posited by
Clark SJ. Bohr's Principle of Complementarity. Ann Intern Med. ;109:994–995. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-12-994_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(12):994-995.
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