Wednesday, January 13, 2010

When woo invades hospitals

---what will hospitalists do?

Can you imagine doing comanagement with this guy?

Woo, under the guise of integrative medicine, is rapidly invading hospitals, especially academic medical centers. The Society of Hospital Medicine should take a stand against this assault on scientific medicine in hospitals and provide resources and support to help the individual hospitalist respond in an appropriately critical manner.

Unfortunately, if an article in the latest issue of The Hospitalist (an official publication of the Society) is any indication, I'm not optimistic. The article discusses a mixture of a few plausible alternative methods and some of the wooiest woo, towards which it takes a disturbingly uncritical stance.

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