The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Science Based Medicine
There has been an ongoing internal debate among those of use promoting science in medicine – how fragile vs robust is the dedication to science in the medical profession? In other words, how much of an existential threat does movements such as “alternative medicine” really present to the culture of science that dominates medical practice?
There are those who think that science has a critical advantage, it actually works, and in the long run it will win out. In the extreme one might think that all we have to do is keep our heads down, do the science, and let pseudoscience whither naturally over time. At the other end of the spectrum is the belief that, if we let it, pseudoscience in all its various forms can completely erode out the center of the medical profession, turning health care providers into virtual witch doctors.
I am somewhere in the middle aspost was originally published on this site