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Title: Anomalous therapies and public health: a utilitarian bioethical response
Authors: Smith, Kevin R.
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Contemporary Sciences
Keywords: Alternative medicine
CAM
Complementary medicine
Quackery
Scientific medicine
Utilitarianism
Issue Date: Jun-2008
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)Wiley-Blackwell, available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1525-1446.2008.00704.x. The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Citation: Smith, K.R. 2008. Anomalous therapies and public health: a utilitarian bioethical response. Public Health Nursing. 25(3): pp.269-277. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1525-1446.2008.00704.x
Abstract: A utilitarian approach is used to evaluate the ethics of incorporating unscientific anomalous therapies within health care and related settings. This paper argues that incorporation of anomalous therapy methods into health care systems is highly problematic, and should be avoided on ethical grounds. The ethical responses open to various bodies and individuals are discussed, including legislative bodies, public health care providers, the medical research community, medical providers, individual agents, and international bodies. It is argued that a moral imperative exists to act against the inclusion of anomalous therapy methods in health care systems.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/917
ISSN: 0737-1209
Appears in Collections:Science Engineering & Technology Collection

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