Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Positive results in a qualitative meta-analysis of complementary and alternative medicine
Dr. Karl Heiligenschein, M.D.
Traditional scientific lore in academia holds that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has no proven clinical effectiveness beyond placebo. The present paper examines the available sources of information and arrives to the conclusion that such claims have no basis in reality.
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Heiligenschein, Karl (2005). A survey of the frequency of speeding tickets, conjugal infidelity and use of curse words among allopathic doctors.
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