Z Arztl Fortbild Qualitatssich. 1997 Nov; 91(7): 685-90.
[Special therapeutic processes from the viewpoint of the lawyer]
The particular schools of therapy never have been exactly defined--neither by law nor by judicature. Despite being in contrast to the scientifically based classical medicine, its application is basically accepted by the judicature within the general scope of the therapeutic autonomy of the physician. There are however, special limitations to be observed by the naturopath in order to protect the patient. Thus, disciples of alternative schools of therapy must always consider carefully whether or not methods of the classical medicine should be preferred for the sake of the patient's health. In addition, they must inform the patient about all therapeutic alternatives. Special problems may arise if parents reject proven measures of the classical medicine to be applied to their minor children. In such a case the child's benefit has priority to the parent's rights.