Letter to the Editor

On “Battlefield Acupuncture: Is It Ready for Widespread Dissemination?”

Authors: Daniel G. Federman, MD


To the Editor: You can easily call me schizophrenic. Not according to the medical definition but in the sense used by laypeople. In my article with Craig G. Gunderson, ‘‘Battlefield Acupuncture: Is it Ready for Widespread Dissemination?’’1 we conclude, after conducting a thorough literature search, ‘‘Although BFA [battlefield acupuncture] is enticing because of its simplicity and low risk, in our opinion additional well-done studies need to be performed before this practice can be endorsed widely and promulgated actively.’’ That was written by the ‘‘evidence-based me.’’

This content is limited to qualifying members.

Existing members, please login first.

If you have an existing account please login now to access this article or view your purchase options.

Purchase only this article ($15)

Create a free account, then purchase this article to download or access it online for 24 hours.

Purchase an SMJ online subscription ($75)

Create a free account, then purchase a subscription to get complete access to all articles for a full year.

Purchase a membership plan (fees vary)

Premium members can access all articles plus recieve many more benefits. View all membership plans and benefit packages.


1. Federman DG, Gunderson CG. Battlefield acupuncture: is it ready for widespread dissemination? South Med J 2017;110:55-57.
2. Holt GR. Commentary on  "Acupuncture: Is It Ready for Widespread Dissemination?". South Med J 2017;110:58.