Future Medicine

Ethical Dilemmas, Regulatory Challenges, and Therapeutic Pathways to Health Care and Healing in Human Transformation
Michael H. Cohen
A thought-provoking exploration of the future of alternative medicine in the healthcare system


Future Medicine is an investigation into the clinical, legal, ethical, and regulatory changes occurring in our health care system as a result of the developing field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Here Michael H. Cohen describes the likely evolution of the legal system and the health care system at the crossroads of developments in the way human beings care for body, mind, emotions, environment, and soul.

Through the use of fascinating and relevant case studies, Cohen presents stimulating questions that will challenge academics, intellectuals, and all those interested in the future of health care. In concise, evocative strokes, the book lays the foundation for a novel synthesis of ideas from such diverse disciplines as transpersonal psychology, political philosophy, and bioethics. Providing an exploration of regulatory conundrums faced by many healing professionals, Cohen articulates the value of expanding our concept of health care regulation to consider not only goals of fraud control and quality assurance, but also health care freedom, integration of global medicine, and human transformation.

Future Medicine provides a fair-minded, illuminating, and honest discussion that will interest hospice workers, pastoral counselors, and psychotherapists, as well as bioethicists, physicians and allied health care providers, complementary and alternative medical providers (such as chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths, massage therapists, homeopaths, and herbalists), and attorneys, hospital administrators, health care executives, and government health care workers.

Michael H. Cohen is Director of Legal Programs at the Harvard Medical School Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies, and 40th Anniversary Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School.

Praise / Awards

  • "M. Cohen is certainly the most thoughtful contributor to the CAM literature from the legal profession. His new book adds to his previous work and is a stimulating, informative text for anyone with a serious interest in this area."
    —Edzard Ernst, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P. (Edin.), Chair of the Department of Complementary Medicine at the University of Exeter
  • "Michael Cohen is, simply put, a visionary. His courageous voice, formidable intelligence, and compassionate heart come together in Future Medicine, providing a breathtaking challenge to traditional medicine, law, and bioethics. I am convinced that Michael's work will change the face of medicine and health care law, leading us away from our comfortable illusion of knowledge and into a deeper, more expansive knowing." —Karen E. Adams, M.D., Clinical Consultant at the Center for Ethics in Health Care, Oregon Health and Sciences University
  • "Like a master class in yoga, Future Medicine challenges, inspires, and stretches the reader. Through gifted storytelling and rigorous, respectful exploration of multiple intellectual and religious disciplines, Cohen bridges the science and the soul of healing, transcends previous limitations, and embraces the mystery of the Spirit."
    —Kathi J. Kemper, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Pediatrics at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • "With ingenuity and finesse, Michael H. Cohen demonstrates how the introduction of complementary and alternative medicine into healthcare is transforming not only the delivery of services for individuals, but also the web of personal and working relations for everyone involved in the processes of caring and healing. This is a beautifully written and inspiring book--a unique and enriching contribution that stands out for its coupling of erudition and sensitivity."
    —Mary Ruggie, Ph.D., Professor of Public Policy with the Kennedy School of Government , Harvard University
  • "Cohen does for medicine what Kuhn did for science in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions."
    —Rosemarie Tong, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor in Health Care Ethics at the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • "Courageous, insightful, innovative, and inspiring, Mr. Cohen goes where few dare tread, and where all are headed—toward a global perspective in medicine."
    —Wayne B. Jonas, M.D., Director of the Samueli Institute, and Former Director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the NIH (1995-1999)

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  • 376 pages.
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  • 2009
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