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Professionalism and Ethics in Complementary and Alternative Medicine

{Dr. John Crellin}
Dr. John Crellin

By Dr. John Crellin and Fernando Ania
In this new book from Haworth Integrative Healing Press, Dr. John Crellin, recently-retired John Clinch Professor of the History of Medicine at Memorial, and Fernando Ania, founder and president of the Homeopathic College of Canada, examine issues of professionalism and ethics in the relationship between mainstream and complementary/alternative medicine.

Dr. Crellin first met Dr. Ania in 1994 at an international congress, and was particularly interested in the Homeopathic College, which offers a three-year program in homeopathy. "It's the only school of homeopathy that offers such an extensive education in North America,"; he said. "I spent some time teaching humanities at the school and was intrigued by the large number of students — there were 140.";

Dr. Crellin said he started to think about the question of professionalism and ethics in the whole field of complementary/alternative medicine, which is offered through a disparate range of educational courses and standards and has had a struggle to achieve respectability.

"A central question behind much discussion in this book is what it means to be a professional — that means not only skills and knowledge, but appropriate attitudes. We argue that appropriate professional attitudes for ethical practice can be fostered by self-reflection — by understanding one's biases, weaknesses and strengths.";

Dr. Crellin said there is a growing acceptance of complementary and alternative medicine, although there are some concerns about commercialism and mass marketing of products such as Chinese herbs. "The public wants practitioners to be patient-oriented — not only honest, true, compassionate but filling roles as communicator, scientist, healer, health advocate, team player and gatekeeper.";

Professionalism and Ethics in Complementary and Alternative Medicine is a useful teaching tool, presenting a variety of ethical issues in case studies. Dr. Crellin said the book will be useful not only for students of complementary/alternative medicine but also for sociology projects as well as for students in the health sciences and members of the public with an interest in the topic.

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