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Empathy and ethics: five minutes with Edzard Ernst

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k309 (Published 25 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k309
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The emeritus professor of complementary medicine discusses his new book on the ethical issues raised by alternative treatments

“I have researched complementary and alternative medicine for about 25 years and one of the most striking conclusions I have reached is that all of the major questions in this area boil down to medical ethics. Medical ethics is a subject that is perceived as dry, uninteresting, and irrelevant, but the opposite is true.

“Many doctors have the …

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