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Complementary medicine in Germany

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 20 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:543
  1. E Ernst
  1. Centre for Complementary Health Studies, University of Exeter,20Exeter EX4 4PU.

    EDITOR, - In their overview of the diverse situation regarding complementary medicine in Europe Peter Fisher and Adam Ward mention the German “Heilpraktiker” (health practitioner), stating that these practitioners “have passed an examination in basic medical knowledge.”1 This is misleading.

    There is no mandatory training to become a Heilpraktiker, and, even though every candidate has to pass a test, the Heilpraktiker's qualifications are pitifully low.*RF 2-4* The only guideline …

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