Saturday, December 19, 2009
The Hippocratic oath updated indicates that the physician must respect "all persons [...] without any discrimination based on their status or their beliefs. Thus, even if not agree with unconventional medicine, a doctor may very well be used to meet the patient's beliefs. The use of unconventional medicine by a doctor, possibly within a hospital, is not a form of validation of the method. From a pragmatic point of view, as the method provides well-being and comfort to the patient, the doctor can use it even if it is satisfied that the effect is just placebo (conventional medicine also uses Frequently placebos). In the same vein, the presence of places of worship and chaplaincy in a hospital does not indicate that the nursing staff is a believer, but he respects the beliefs of patients and agrees to implement everything that is not harmful and brings comfort.
Nothing prevents a physician from practicing medicine unconventional. Their practice is not reserved for doctors. Many allied health professionals use them. They may be offered by persons who are not physicians or paramedics (nurses, physiotherapists, etc.;). Faces to the diversity of these unconventional practices with practitioners very heterogeneous attempts to regulations and controls are trying to implement.