289 European Journal of Health Law 8 : 289-291, 2001. © 2001 Kluwer Law International. Printed in the Netherlands. BOOK REVIEW MADDALENA S., The legal status of complementary medicines in Europe. Berne: Staempfli Publishers Ltd., 1999. This book by Stefano Maddalena has a somewhat misleading title. It does not discuss free pharmaceutical products. Rather, it discusses the law governing so-called alternative, non-conventional therapy. In a glossary at the back of the book, the author explains which specific therapies make up the quite broad domain of non-conventional therapies. These therapies range from acupuncture to New Age, and from less known therapies such as Bach Flower Remedies and ThaiChi to anthroposophical therapy. Specifically, the book reviews and analyzes to what extent licensing requirements permit the practice of non-conventional medicine, and whether private or public insurance schemes reimburse the cost of non-conventional therapies. It also provides some limited empirical data on the actual practice of non- conventional medicine. The first part of the book presents an overview of these issues for a large number of EC Member States, while the second part involves a more detailed comparison of the relevant law of France, Germany and the Netherlands. Maddalena’s book provides a
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