Friday, November 02, 2007

Panda Bear joins the chorus against quacky promotions by academic medicine

Not only that, he’s launching a month long series on the subject. Here are some excerpts from the inaugural post:

Actually, by the time I had finished the eighth grade I had a sufficient background in chemistry and biology to recognize that these things cannot possibly work.

This is literally third grade stuff and the fact that many prestigious medical centers lack the institutional courage to point it out should make you cringe in shame, either at their gullibility or their venality.

“Well, we’re just being open-minded,” is the formula used to justify spending large sums of money to investigate therapies that even my ten-year-old son could instantly recognize as not only impossible but also somewhat ridiculous.

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