Propagation of the Absurd: demarcation of the Absurd revisited

  title={Propagation of the Absurd: demarcation of the Absurd revisited},
  author={Wallace I. Sampson and Kimball C. Atwood},
  journal={Medical Journal of Australia},
The Medical Journal of Australia ISSN: 0025-729X 5/19 December 2005 183 11/12 580-581©The Medical Journal of Australia medicine — Viewpointwenty years ago, the late Petr Skrabanek, physiologist atTrinity College, Dublin, noted the rising interest in sectarianmedical schemes (“complementary and alternative medi-cine”; CAM), and lamented the lack of a clear “demarcation of theAbsurd” in medicine. 

Two into One Won’t Go: Conceptual, Clinical, Ethical and Legal Impedimenta to the Convergence of CAM and Orthodox Medicine

Against the background of the reasons for the increasing utilisation of CAM by the public and by general practitioners, TI-convergence is supported and MP-conversgence is rejected.

Is Evaluating Complementary and Alternative Medicine Equivalent to Evaluating the Absurd?

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  • Medicine
    Evaluation & the health professions
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Examination of the historical background and underlying principles for reflexology, iridology, acupuncture, auricular acupuncture, and some herbal medicines, reveals a rationale founded on the principle of analogical correspondences which is a common basis for magical thinking and pseudoscientific beliefs such as astrology and chiromancy.

CAM practitioners in the Australian health workforce: an underutilized resource

  • S. Grace
  • Medicine, Political Science
    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • 2012
Marginalisation of the CAM workforce has disadvantaged those qualified and competent CAM practitioners who practise evidence-informed medicine on the basis of many years of university training, which could alleviate projected health workforce shortages and provide opportunities for redesigned job roles and new multidisciplinary teams.

Whose Evidence, Which Methods?

This chapter provides an overview of ethical issues in research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Such a discussion must include commonly accepted ethical concepts from research ethics

Factors influencing the inclusion of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in undergraduate medical education

Current CAM education appears to exist primarily as a means of educating future doctors on the modalities that their patients may use or request, however, some forms of pedagogy arguably risk students assimilating CAM advocacy in an uncritical fashion.

Serious Decisions

Some people perceived type 2 diabetes and CVD as “too serious” for CAM treatment, but concurrently, many turned to CAM providers in appreciation of the serious attention these providers paid to their health-related concerns.

Acupuncture—A Biomedical Information Therapy: A Translational Analysis

Carefully performed clinical studies provide evidence of the good efficacy of acupuncture in patients with acute pain and chronic pain syndromes and how acupuncture can be integrated into evidence-based medicine science.



Ethical issues concerning research in complementary and alternative medicine.

It is argued that public health and safety demand rigorous research evaluating CAM therapies, research on CAM should adhere to the same ethical requirements for all clinical research, and randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials should be used for assessing the efficacy of CAM treatments whenever feasible and ethically justifiable.

Does prayer influence the success of in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer? Report of a masked, randomized trial.

A statistically significant difference was observed for the effect of IP on the outcome of IVF-ET, though the data should be interpreted as preliminary.

Toward Evidence-Based Medical Statistics. 2: The Bayes Factor

The Bayes factor is explored, as nonmathematically as possible, the Bayesian approach to measuring evidence and combining information and epistemologic uncertainties that affect all statistical approaches to inference.

Effect of interpretive bias on research evidence

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  • Psychology, Medicine
    BMJ : British Medical Journal
  • 2003
Doctors are being encouraged to improve their critical appraisal skills to make better use of medical research. But when using these skills, it is important to remember that interpretation of data is


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R 0 P A G A N D A , C U L T U RA L R E L A T I V I S M , and other postmodern doctrines that challenge objectivity-“deconstruction,” for instanceP are integral to today’s antiscientific thinking.


Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States. Model guidelines for the use of complementary and alternative therapies in medical practice

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Faith healing by prayer: review

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Illness and health in the postmodern age

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