One of the blogs that I follow, and which does not post very frequently, is by David Colquhoun, he is (or was) a professor of pharmacology at University College London, who writes mostly about the inappropriate teaching of quackery as if it were science in the UK. His latest column quotes in its entirety an article about acupuncture that he wrote for “Anesthesia and Analgesia” entitled “Acupuncture is a theatrical placebo: the end of a myth” his co-author is one of the founders of “Science Based Medicine” which publishes a lot of interesting anti-quackery, pro-scientific medicine, posts. This new article by David Colquhoun and Steve Novella is a well written take-down of all the anti-scientific nonsense that purveyors of acupuncture will spout. If you want, or need, a quick rebuttal to those who will try and tell you that acupuncture is proven to work by good scientific studies, you could do no better than to read this.

About Keith Barrington

I am a neonatologist and clinical researcher at Sainte Justine University Health Center in Montréal
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