A Friday rant about nonscience- and nonevidence-based medicine…

courtesy of fellow ScienceBlogger Jake Young.

Two money quotes:

  • “First, what is CAM bringing to the table that science and medicine didn’t have? Good feelings. Acquaintance with the ways ignorance. Newer, better superstitions. Frankly, you can keep them.”
  • “Science complemented by non-science ceases to be science, and there are no alternatives to the truth.”

I may have to steal that last one, perhaps with the addition of a flourish or two of my own. For example, I’d add that science “integrated” with nonscience runs a very high risk of ceasing to be science.

We need more medical students like Jake to prevent the overthrow of science-based medicine by quackademic medicine.