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A vision of the future of medicine

Along with Dr. R. W., I’ve become known for my rather vociferously expressed dismay at the ever increasing infiltration of unscientific and non-evidence-based woo in the form of “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM) into academic medical centers. Well, thanks to a reader, I’ve seen a vision of the future of American medicine, and it’s frightening. Imagine, if you will, an academic medical center where the infiltration of woo is complete, where all manner of “alternative” modalities are viewed as equal or even superior to our unfeeling and nonwholistic scientific medicine.

Imagine, if you will, homeopathic e.r.:

I don’t think we’re too far from this point, at least in some medical centers. If current trends continue, give it a decade or two. Something to look forward to when I get old and start to need more medical care.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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