Science degrees without the science

  title={Science degrees without the science},
  author={David Colquhoun},
Some UK universities offer science degrees in complementary medicine. David Colquhoun argues that these are not science but anti-science, and asks who is to blame. Three UK universities offer science degrees in homeopathy. This does not impress pharmacology researcher David Colquhoun. Medicine containing no medicine is not medicine, he reminds us, and in a Commentary asks, where is the quality control that should exclude homeopathy and other unproven alternative therapies from science faculties… 
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