Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Ethics, the Patient, and the Physician / Edition 1

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This is the first comprehensive, multidisciplinary book to focus on the ethical challenges of complementary and alternative medicine. It examines the ethical challenges that CAM raises for patients and their physicians, and for patient-physician relationships. The book is written by a multidisciplinary team of CAM ethics and policy analysts, researchers and thought-leaders who present a forward-looking exploration of their subject.

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"...I recommend the book for annyone interested in having a broader view of disease, health and healing, and holilstic medicine." -Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent)

"Anyone (eg, clinicians, clinical ethicists, attorneys, researchers, and patients) wtih an interest in the ethical aspects of CAM will find this book informative." -Mayo Clinic Proceedings

"This book sets out to review the CAM scene and what it means for policymakers, physicians and for patients. It is about the clinical ethics surrounding the use of CAM … there is, however, a very useful listing of CAM information resources for patients and health care professionals. The contributors are a mix of doctors and lawyers. … provides a very good overview of CAM and offers a lot of sound advice about overcoming the traditional hiatus between ‘orthodox’ and ‘non-orthodox’ medicine." (Roger Woodruff, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, October, 2007)

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Reviewer: Becket Gremmels, BA (Saint Louis University)
Description: This historical overview of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) covers a variety of related ethical topics from different perspectives.
Purpose: The main goal is to help patients, physicians, healthcare systems, and policymakers deal with ethical issues surrounding CAM within the context of the physician-patient relationship. Given the rise in CAM use in recent years and the significant number of patients who withhold details of their CAM therapy from their physicians, such a book is increasingly necessary for physicians and medical educators. With the help of this book, physicians can begin to grapple with the ethical dilemmas posed by a patient seeking interventions that are outside the scope of traditional medicine. In 1997, more visits were made to CAM practitioners than primary care physicians, meaning policymakers and healthcare systems will also need to confront this trend.
Audience: This book is written for patients, physicians, administrators, and policymakers who want to learn more about the ethical implications of CAM. It would also interest anyone concerned with the ethical problems pertaining to healthcare reform and uninsured or out of pocket healthcare expenses. The contributors seem to be well versed in their particular areas of expertise, and the chapters form a unique, coherent whole.
Features: Topics include legal issues in CAM, advice for patients and physicians when discussing CAM with each other, and ethical concerns in CAM research. The latter incorporates a principlism-based ethical framework to aid in study design for CAM research. The book is open to CAM use and encourages its research, but it is clearly written from the perspective of Western medicine, which is the intended audience. However, the most fruitful discussions of ethical dilemmas include all primary stakeholders, and including CAM practitioners as contributors would make for a more rounded discussion.
Assessment: Nevertheless, the book makes an excellent contribution to an upcoming and important field of study. As the use of CAM grows in the coming years, books like this will play a crucial role in helping traditional and alternative forms of medicine work together.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617376580
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/19/2010
  • Series: Biomedical Ethics Reviews (closed) Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Ž Preface

Lois Snyder, JD

Ž Contributor List and Biographies

Ž Chapter

1. A Context for Thinking about Complementary and Alternative Medicine

and Ethics

Lois Snyder, JD

2. Complementary and Alternative Medicine: History, Definitions, and What is it


Richard J. Carroll, MD, ScM

3. Complementary and Alternative Medicine: The Physician's Ethical Obligations

Wayne Vaught, PhD

4. Advising Patients and Communicating about Complementary and Alternative


Arti Prasad, MD
Mariebeth Velásquez, BS

5. Patient and Medical Education on Complementary and Alternative Care:

Sorting it Out

Catherine Leffler, JD

6. Legal and Risk Management Issues in Complementary and Alternative


Michael Cohen, JD

7. Whose Evidence, Which Methods? Ethical Challenges in Complementary and

Alternative Medicine Research

Jon Tilburt, MD

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