Lege Artis Medicinae

[Truce, peace or more?]

ANDRÁS László

SEPTEMBER 25, 1991

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1991;1(15)

[The press conference, which was jointly hosted by the Hungarian Medical Chamber and the Hungarian Association of Naturopaths, was attended by the Presidents and Secretaries General of all three organisations. In their introduction, they declared their conviction that all methods of medicine should be used in the interests of patients, and that modern medicine should be considered as a unified whole, in which the so-called modern, officially recognised methods of medicine and ancient medicine live together in symbiosis.]

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