Unconventional medicine

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Unconventional medicine relates to its opposite conventional medicine. A practical definition has been "medical interventions not taught widely at U.S. medical schools or generally available at U.S. hospitals."[1] Synonyms or related terms are alternative medicine, complementary medicine, unorthodox medicine, CAM, CIM or integrative medicine.


  1. Eisenberg, David M.; Kessler, Ronald C.; Foster, Cindy; Norlock, Frances E.; Calkins, David R.; Delbanco, Thomas L. (January 28, 1993). "Unconventional Medicine in the United States -- Prevalence, Costs, and Patterns of Use". NEJM. 328: 246–252. doi:10.1056/NEJM199301283280406.