Stephen E. Straus, 60, Died of brain cancer. The first director of the National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine at NIH, his task was to turn the quack-dominated Office of Alternative Medicine, created by Congress, into a scientific center. He did it with grace, the only way possible, subjecting one quack cure after another to randomized double-blind tests, while enduring attacks from scientists who thought he moved too slowly.The Center seems to take an open-minded but clear-eyed view of alternative medicine. It notes, for example, that tests show the
efficacy of acupuncture … in adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain.