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Non-conventional treatments within the Italian healthcare system. Epistemological and ethical issues

Published:August 26, 2016DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejim.2016.08.023
      In the past, the so-called “non-conventional treatments” were relegated to “medical charlatans”, regarded as nothing more than magicians and sorcerers, and looked down on arrogantly by the medical class. Today in Italy, as also in other countries [
      • Podolsky S.H.
      • Kesselheim A.S.
      Regulating homeopathic products. A century of dilute interest.
      ], they appear as a real (sometimes silent) part of the healthcare system. In fact, they enjoy their own space within one regional healthcare system and recognition by the representative association of the medical profession. In fact, the Italian Region of Tuscany has included non-conventional treatment and later the so-called “health and bio-natural practices” in its list of healthcare services [

      Tuscany Region, Resolutions n. 655, 20.06.2005; n. 49, 28.01.2008; n. 9, 27.01.2010; Law n. 9, 19.02.2007.

      ], and the Italian Federation of Medical Associations (FNOMCeO) has recognised non-conventional treatments as medical acts [

      FNOMCeO, “Guide-lines” developed by the National Council, 18.05.2002, 22.02.2007, 12.12.2009; Code of Medical deontology 2006 and 2014, art. 15.

      ].

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        • Podolsky S.H.
        • Kesselheim A.S.
        Regulating homeopathic products. A century of dilute interest.
        N Engl J Med. 2016; 374: 201-203
      1. Tuscany Region, Resolutions n. 655, 20.06.2005; n. 49, 28.01.2008; n. 9, 27.01.2010; Law n. 9, 19.02.2007.

      2. FNOMCeO, “Guide-lines” developed by the National Council, 18.05.2002, 22.02.2007, 12.12.2009; Code of Medical deontology 2006 and 2014, art. 15.

      3. FNOMCeO, Code of Medical deontology 2014, artt. 6, 13, 15, 48, 49, 55, 56, 62, 71, 77.

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