Ethical and legal issues at the interface of complementary and conventional medicine

Med J Aust 2004; 181 (10): .
Published online: 15 November 2004

In reply: We agree with Kotsirilos and Hassed that there are many examples of successful integration of “proven” CAM into conventional medical practice. Our question, however, is whether it is possible to integrate CAM where its theoretical maxims and practices are incommensurate with allopathic medicine (eg, homoeopathy) and whether “integrative medicine” will ulti-mately fragment and diminish CAM, further isolate “non-evidence-based” CAM practi-tioners and make less visible those views of health and disease that are not consistent with modern medicine.1



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