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Traditional and Complementary Medicines: Are they Ethical for Humans, Animals and the Environment?

Authors: Chatfield, Kate

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  • Provides a systematic analysis of the ethical implications of traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM)
  • Analyzes the impact on animals and the environment, not just humans
  • Focuses on pragmatic solutions
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This book provides a systematic analysis of the ethical implications of traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM), focusing on pragmatic solutions. The author uses a bioethical methodology called the “Ethical Matrix,” to consider the impact of T&CM use for animals and the environment as well as for humans.

A systematic search of the literature reveals that most published ethical concerns are related to the safety of T&CM use for humans. However, application of the Ethical Matrix demonstrates that the ethical implications for T&CM use are much broader. In this book, the author analyses the most serious implications, including adverse events related to homeopathy, the use of animals in T&CM products, and the impact of herbal medicine on the environment. Comparisons with the ethical implications of conventional biomedicine help readers to contextualise debate, and highlight aspects that may be unique to T&CM. 

Globally, many high-level health policy makers promote T&CM as an accessible and affordable healthcare option. However, their use is considered by some to be a waste of resources, unscientific, and unethical. Offering a frank analysis of this largely ignored field of healthcare ethics, this book is both timely and essential. It helps patients, policy makers, practitioners, researchers, and students gain the knowledge they need to make more informed decisions.

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“This book may be of most interest to students and educators, however, as a community I would suggest that we would all do well to consider the ethical implications of our practices, especially in the light of what we can contribute to dealing with the climate emergency in which we find ourselves.” (Hazel Partington, New Homeopath, Vol. 39 (1), 2020)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Traditional and Complementary Medicines: Are they Ethical for Humans, Animals and the Environment?
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Philosophy
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-05300-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-05300-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-05299-7
Series ISSN
2211-4548
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 105
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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