Congress Lobs a Bomb at the NIH
Members of Congress responding to consumer interest in alternatives to regular medical treatment took the first chunk out of the wall of the NIH with a $2 million appropriation that left the NIH leadership bristling. Memorial Sloan Kettering researcher Barrie Cassileth, PhD, has recalled Congress’ requirement that science’s Vatican create an Office of Alternative Medicine as rank political meddling. Mere politicians tell us what to do? The horror!
A more significant assault from elected representatives of the people on the research establishment came seven years later. In the intervening years, multiple mainstream media accounts told of how hospitals were responding to consumer interest by building new “complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)” hospital centers. Some insurers like Oxford Health Plans and Kaiser Northern California were adding new “CAM” benefits.