- Infiltration of Quackademic Medicine into Mainstream: A pernicious influence
Editor’s note: Kausik Datta, Ph.D. is postdoctoral research fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He works in immunology, specifically as related to two major mycoses (Aspergillosis and Cryptococcosis). Rationality and skepticism have been his long-standing interests, which led him …
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Sex Matters: tuning in to what turns you on.
Ticker tune-up tips for guys.
Burning down under? It’s time to fess up.
Pumped Up: ED meds aren’t working? An implant could be the solution.
When your hoo-ha’s burning, don’t use this commo…
- SBM Topic-Based Reference
This section of Science-Based Medicine is dedicated to reference resources for major topics and issues relevant to science and medicine. For each topic we will give a concise overview followed by an index of SBM posts on the topic, and key outside resources. We will also list important peer-reviewed…
- Senator Tom Harkin and Representative Darrell Issa declare war on science-based medicine
In discussions of that bastion of what Harriet Hall likes to call “tooth fairy science,” where sometimes rigorous science, sometimes not, is applied to the study of hypotheses that are utterly implausible and incredible from a basic science standpoint (such as homeopathy or reiki), the N…
- Medical training versus scientific training
This month I will begin my third year of medical school, after a three-year break for laboratory research. Living alternately in the worlds of med school and grad school has prompted me to reflect on differences between these training programs.
[Obvious disclaimer: I have studied at a single ins…
- Chiropractic – A Brief Overview, Part I
When patients ask me if a chiropractor can help them with their problem, I often think to myself, “OK, do I give them the short answer or the long answer?” The difficulty is often in the fact that chiropractic is a diverse profession and it is difficult to even characterize what a “…
- Naturopathic Prescribing: The Dark Side Beckons
I am a terrible Oregon chauvinist. I think there is no better place to live on the planet. Period. Great natural beauty, not a lot of people, best beer ever and no pro football team. Oregon is both casual and tolerant. It is safe to say that dressing up in the Pacific NW means tucking your t s…
- Harvard Medical School: Veritas for Sale (Part VI)
Loose Ends: Dr. Koh and More
After Dr. Federman’s letter and my reply, posted in Part V of this series,† there seemed little point in pursuing the matter further. Although Dr. Federman never answered my reply, he did send, at my request, a copy of Commissioner of Public Health Howard Koh&…
- Harvard Medical School: Veritas for Sale (Part V)
September 26, 2002
Kimball Atwood, M.D.
I have now had time to look into the allegations in your letter of June 14th which, incidentally, I shared with Dr. David Eisenberg and he with several others. I have sought consultation about our exchanges and the…
- Harvard Medical School: Veritas for Sale (Part IV)
HMS Puts the Messenger in its Crosshairs
When, during the fall and winter of 2001-02 I first approached Dean Daniel Federman of the Harvard Medical School (HMS) with evidence that the HMS “CAM” program was promoting pseudomedicine, I gave him some materials that I thought would be adeq…
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