Complementary and alternative medicine and medical law

Michael Weir*

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This chapter deals with a selection of legal and ethical issues that apply to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) when provided by orthodox medicine practitioners or CAM practitioners. It defines CAM and outlines the regulatory challenges for CAM practitioners in a number of jurisdictions in relation to statutes which regulate “the practice of medicine.” It deals with the significant legal and ethical concerns that arise for the provision of CAM by orthodox medicine practitioners, normally referred to as “integrative medicine,” in relation to whether they are able to satisfy the standard of care for that profession and the possible professional consequences. The approaches that will minimize the chances of professional breaches by orthodox medicine practitioners will be canvassed. This chapter will also discuss the issue of to what extent (if any) do orthodox medicine practitioners have an obligation to provide information to patients about CAM and the extent to which CAM practitioners need to provide advice to clients about orthodox medicine options.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLegal and Forensic Medicine
EditorsR. G. Beran
Place of PublicationGermany
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783642323386
ISBN (Print)9783642323379
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


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