J Law Med Ethics 2003 (Summer); 31 (2): 222–235
College of Medicine,
University of Tennessee Health Science Center,
Commentators often argue that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) should be held to the same scientific standards as conventional medicine. This article argues that medicine is not always as scientific as assumed; reciprocally, it can cause harms and waste money. Although medicine has had remarkable success, its problems and limits justify a relatively tolerant approach toward CAM.