Legal Issues in Integrative Medicine


Michael H. Cohen, J.D.

ISBN# 0-9762537-0-4
$29.95 (+ $5.95 Shipping & Handling)

The First Guide Book on Patient Rights & Healthcare Provider Liability
for Complementary & Alternative Medicine


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If you have been considering integrating complementary therapies into your practice, your healthcare facility, or your own life – this book is for you.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine therapies (or CAM as it is called for short), such as acupuncture and traditional oriental medicine, chiropractic, naturopathy, massage therapy, herbal medicine, and mind-body therapies, are growing in popularity and usage. This trend has raised concern among consumers, doctors and lawyers about the legal ramifications of seeking, referring and using CAM therapies. This book provides essential guidance for those wishing to understand the legal context in which they integrate CAM therapies into conventional medical practice, refer patients to CAM practitioners, or use such therapies themselves.

In Legal Issues in Integrative Medicine (NAF Publications; January 2005/$29.95) Author Michael H. Cohen, J.D. devotes individual sections to three main audiences and users of CAM – Clinicians, Institutions and Patients, addressing legal concerns specific to each. Michael combines an unusually broad range of experience as a practicing lawyer, a law school and medical school professor, and an explorer of healing modalities. His book, Legal Issues in Integrative Medicine, is the first book of its kind and is written in plain, no-nonsense language.

A straightforward, highly practical book, Legal Issues in Integrative Medicine will help you:

      • Understand the legal environment for CAM therapies
      • Craft institutional policies governing CAM providers
      • Address credentialing, liability, and dietary supplements
      • Learn about your legal rights relating to these therapies

Empower yourself to make better decisions concerning the health care services that you use or recommend, whether you are a healthcare professional, a healthcare facility administrator, or a patient.


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From the Foreword by Sherman L. Cohn, J.D.

This book presents a road map of issues and approaches. It raises questions and points to the answers where answers exist. In that sense, it is a primer. In a new field, a primer is needed. This truly is a new field—not only of healthcare, but also of law and legal practice. As more and more alternative healthcare offices open, as there is more and more integration, clients—practitioners, administrators, and patients — approach their attorneys for guidance. But, as very few law schools even introduce the subject (as of this writing, this author knows of only three: Georgetown, Syracuse, and Seton Hall, with one now proposed at Houston), and established health law organizations (e.g., the American Bar Association's Health Law Section) have not yet begun to offer continuing education courses in this field, very few lawyers have the background to deal with these issues. This book will help those lawyers. And, it will help clients educate their lawyers on the issues they face.

As we see the world of healthcare evolving, we see alternative care increasingly in the picture. To a great extent, the movement is led by those consumers who are demanding more and are not willing to accept the paternalistic answers of old. But, it is the practitioner, the administrator, the clinic, the hospital, and their lawyers, who must struggle with the legal issues. This book is a place to start.

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