A Context for Thinking About Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Ethics

Part of the Biomedical Ethics Reviews book series (BER)


Have we come full circle in the evolution of medicine? The dictionary defines the term full circle as “back to one’s starting point,” so the answer is probably no. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is changing conventional medicine, and conventional medicine is changing CAM practices. Clearly, however, with the growing popularity of CAM today, patients and the public want something more or something different than conventional medicine can, in many circumstances, provide.


Alternative Medicine Conventional Medicine Conventional Care Park Ridge Tional Medicine 
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© Humana Press Inc., Totowa, NJ 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Pennsylvania Center for BioethicsPhiladelphia
  2. 2.Center for Ethics and Professionalism at the American College of PhysiciansPhiladelphia

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