Социальная идентификация народных целителей
This article discusses the concept of medical activity for the purposes of criminal law enforcement. The article is intended to clarify terms such as conventional medicine, traditional medicine, alternative medicine. We investigate the legal nature and the possibility of criminal law protection of various types of medical activity, points to the shortcomings of the existing regulation. The author offers his own approach to the problem of criminal-legal protection of medical practice. After a theoretical analysis, the article examines the court sentences under Art. 235 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation ("Illegal occupation of private medical practice or private pharmaceutical activity").
The monograph focuses on economic agents that substitute or complement the official healthcare system in modern Russia by serving alternative health maintenance practices. A detailed description of their activities is provided on the basis of an analysis of nationwide secondary data (public statistics, mass media, laws and regulations), as well as observations and interviews from the field research in the Perm region in 2013. The book consists of two parts. The first – introductory – chapter contains some generalizations and reflections on the subject matter in general. The following chapters are a series of independent sociographic essays that focus on selected "informal healthcare" phenomena classified by the principal product offered to the customers: goods, gifts of nature, diagnostic and treatment services, ideas/beliefs, or information. Among others, we consider direct selling of health products and itinerant trade in them; latent social functions of pharmacies; services of healers and doctors of alternative medicine; gathering and production of healing gifts of nature by private households; healing practices of religious organizations; and dissemination of self-treatment information in the mass media. The publication targets a wide audience, including professionals in healthcare management, social scientists, and everyone interested in health protection and the informal economy in Russia.
L'objet de cet article est l`analyse comparative des problèmes de la réglementation juridique de l`activité médicale (incluant la médecine traditionnelle) et la responsabilité pénale pour l'exercice illégal de la médecine et pour les autres infractions en France et en Russie.