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Ethical problems arising in evidence based complementary and alternative medicine
  1. E Ernst1,
  2. M H Cohen2,
  3. J Stone3
  1. 1Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Exeter, UK
  2. 2Director, Legal Programs, Harvard Medical School Osher Institute, Fortieth Anniversary Senior Scholar at the Center for World Religions, Harvard Divinity School, Boston, MA, USA
  3. 3Freelance writer and lecturer, Amersham, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor E Ernst
 Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, 25 Victoria Park Road, Exeter EX2 4NT, UK;


Complementary and alternative medicine has become an important section of healthcare. Its high level of acceptance among the general population represents a challenge to healthcare professionals of all disciplines and raises a host of ethical issues. This article is an attempt to explore some of the more obvious or practical ethical aspects of complementary and alternative medicine.

  • complementary medicine
  • alternative medicine
  • BMA, British Medical Association
  • CAM, complementary and alternative medicine

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