Future medicine: ethical dilemmas, regulatory challenges, and therapeutic pathways to health care and healing in human transformation

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University of Michigan Press, 2003 - Law - 359 pages
Future Medicine is an investigation into the clinical, legal, ethical, and regulatory changes occurring in our health care system as a result of the developing field of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Here Michael H. Cohen describes the likely evolution of the legal system and the health care system at the crossroads of developments in the way human beings care for body, mind, emotions, environment, and soul.
Through the use of fascinating and relevant case studies, Cohen presents stimulating questions that will challenge academics, intellectuals, and all those interested in the future of health care. In concise, evocative strokes, the book lays the foundation for a novel synthesis of ideas from such diverse disciplines as transpersonal psychology, political philosophy, and bioethics. Providing an exploration of regulatory conundrums faced by many healing professionals, Cohen articulates the value of expanding our concept of health care regulation to consider not only goals of fraud control and quality assurance, but also health care freedom, integration of global medicine, and human transformation.
Future Medicine provides a fair-minded, illuminating, and honest discussion that will interest hospice workers, pastoral counselors, and psychotherapists, as well as bioethicists, physicians and allied health care providers, complementary and alternative medical providers (such as chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths, massage therapists, homeopaths, and herbalists), and attorneys, hospital administrators, health care executives, and government health care workers.
Michael H. Cohen is Director for Legal Programs, the Center for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School.

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Contents

Implications for Clinical Care
25
Implications for Mental and Spiritual Health Care
127
Implications for Frontier Issues in Biomedical Ethics
251
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Michael H. Cohen, JD, MBA, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Assistant Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has authored several books including "Creative Writing for Lawyers" (1990); "Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Legal Boundaries and Regulatory Perspectives" (1998); "Beyond Complementary Medicine: Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Health Care and Human Evolution" (2000); "Future Medicine: Ethical Dilemmas, Regulatory Challenges, and Therapeutic Pathways to Health and Human Healing in Human Transformation" (2003); and "Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion" (2006.) He is also principal in the law offices of Michael H. Cohen, and served as consultant to the Institute of Medicine Committee on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use by the American Public.

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