- All true Medicine must have a firm scientific commitment, both in its dominant orthodox current, which bases the investigation of the causes, mechanisms and remedies of diseases on the natural-scientific method, and in its alternative forms, which They base their pathogenic theories and therapeutic practices on various intuitions Kambo Stick. Medicine must maintain a constant and acute critical consciousness and permanently review the effectiveness of its procedures and doctrines. Doctors who profess Alternative Medicine are especially obliged to this revisionist and critical attitude.
- Both medicines – orthodox and alternative – are obliged to respond to the needs of the sick and protect them from unreasonable harm and risks. This obligation to benefit the patient and to control the quality of medical care has been developed in traditional medicine according to very precise scientific criteria through clinical research (diagnostic, pharmacological, surgical, etc.), while in medicines Alternatives, there has been no parallel development of these criteria.
- Consequently, doctors who follow unorthodox lines are obliged to be extremely competent in the diagnostic function and in the correct indication and application of therapeutic measures; and also to keep a duly annotated file of their patients, which allows them to objectively record their observations and makes possible a rigorous evaluation of the effectiveness of their methods. Like orthodox doctors, they are bound by the rules of the Code of Medical Deontology, and, specifically, by the precept of remaining fully trained and up-to-date in their scientific training (articles 5 and 29); by the rule of sharing with their colleagues, without any professional reservation, the new scientific knowledge they possess (article 18), and by the mandate to refrain from practices lacking foundation or inspired by charlatanism (article 32); If, on the one hand, they enjoy freedom of prescription (Article 13), they are, on the other hand, particularly obliged not to recommend or apply dangerous examinations or treatments (Article 30), and must always submit to the rules on advertising established in Chapter IX. Of code.
- A truly competent practice in Medicine can only be carried out thanks to the intellectual and character training provided by the studies, culture and ethics of the medical profession. The emergence into the field of Medicine of people without a Medical degree must, therefore, be classified as intrusion. No one who is not a Doctor can call themselves a medical professional or practice medicine, whether orthodox or alternative. In the service of the public, a clear distinction must be made between doctors and those who are not. It is a deontological lack, as indicated in article 32 of the Code, the association or cooperation of one and another of such a nature that it could lead to deception, since it would be equivalent to covering up someone who, without possessing the title of Doctor, exercises in some way the profession or is de facto equated with doctors.
- The Commission wishes to propose to the General Council that, following the corresponding report from the Legal Department, it requests the following actions from the public authorities:
a) The creation, in the Faculties of Medicine, of Professional Schools to promote training and research in those modalities of Alternative Medicines that offer greater prospects for effectiveness.
b) The recognition of the Associations of doctors who practice the different modalities of alternative medicines, if their purpose is to promote the training of their members and the research and evaluation of their techniques, as long as they respect the rules of the Code of Deontology.
c) The granting, in order to complete the current fractional legislation, of legal recognition to those modalities of alternative medicines that do not yet have it, taking into account that these are medical activities, the exercise of which by those who do not have the title of Doctor must be considered intrusion.
d) Vigorous action against intrusion.