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EPMA J. 2011 Mar;2(1):5-7. doi: 10.1007/s13167-011-0065-2. Epub 2011 Feb 19.

Why we need integrative medicine.

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Observatory and Methods for Health, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy ; Via Siepelunga, 36/12, 40141 Bologna, Italy.


Over the last few years the scientific debate on Non Conventional Medicines and their integration with the academic or dominant medicine in our western society has activated a cultural transformation process. This article discusses the main reasons of the need for an integration between the supposed only scientific, mainstream medicine and other cheaper, more holistic, more person-centred expertise.

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