SIR – I have for years used acupuncture with good results, particularly in cases that have not responded to the medications and surgical procedures used in the Western medical canon. Acupuncture is practised by many physicians in the West and has been validated not only clinically but with double-blind studies. The method works, and our lack of understanding does not lessen its effect but underscores the inadequacy of our knowledge. While the placebo effect is an important phenomenon, it accompanies all forms of treatment, whether Western, Eastern, or otherwise.
Professor of clinical otolaryngology
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