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The practice of holistic medicine is not new to William Beaumont Army Medical Center (WBAMC).

The command has steadily progressed in pain management and interdisciplinary medicine modalities since the beginning of the global war on terror. The hospital’s dedicated research and practices have positioned WBAMC as leaders of a multi-national effort.

The first NATO report on integrative medicine, following a five-year long study, was published by NATO’s Human Factors and Medicine (HFM) Task Force 195, detailing the panel’s research concerning a holistic approach to treating combat and noncombat injuries and illnesses for military armed forces.

“The NATO committee formulated the concept of integrative alternative healing,” said Col. Richard Petri, chairperson of HFM Task Force 195 and WBAMC special projects officer. “That’s the concept that William Beaumont had since 2003. We were the first alternative medicine center in the Department of Defense.”

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