Tuesday, June 28, 2005

SocietyGuardian.co.uk | Health | Donations and the funding gap

SocietyGuardian.co.uk | Health | Donations and the funding gap: "Donations and the funding gap

Research into complementary medicines relies on donations from enlightened philanthropists. Let's hope we can attract more of them

Edzard Ernst
Tuesday June 28, 2005
The Guardian

I have been in medical research for about 30 years now. Rarely have I been moved so deeply as I was a few weeks ago. A man rang and explained that his wife, who had had a keen interest in complementary medicine, had just died of cancer. He suggested that, instead of flowers, the congregation at the funeral might want to donate money to our research. We clarified that my department scientifically investigates several areas of complementary medicine, including cancer. The caller then decided on the spot that a donation would be appropriate."

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