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A pseudonymous surgeon/scientist concerning medicine and quackery, science and pseudoscience, history and pseu [Read More]

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Ben Swann on the "#CDCtruth" rally: Regurgitating antivaccine talking points
Before yesterday, I had never heard of Ben Swann. Apparently he is the new anchor for the early evening news broadcast of the local Atlanta CBS affiliate, having joined the station in June. Apparently he is also prone to antivaccine conspiracy theori...
Respecful Insolence (Quackery and bad sciende)
Monday, November 2, 2015

A 50 minute infomercial for traditional Chinese medicine disguised as a radio show, courtesy of Colin McEnroe
When I wrote about YouYou Tu, the Chinese scientist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her successful identification, isolation, purification, and validation of Artemisinin, an antimalarial medication that was quite effective. It w...
Respecful Insolence (Quackery and bad sciende)
Friday, October 30, 2015

In which Orac co-authors a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine
Unfortunately, this happens to be a day when I didn’t really have much time to blog, as I had to go to an evening meeting last night related to my work. Fortunately, this corresponds with a most excellent day, a first in my life. Basically, I&#...
Respecful Insolence (Quackery and bad sciende)
Thursday, October 29, 2015

Cranks of a feather, part 3: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and the antivaccine movement team up with the Nation of Islam to attack the CDC
No doubt, regular readers are probably somewhat surprised that I didn’t discuss the antivaccine rally scheduled to be held in Atlanta last weekend that I wrote about last week. As you might recall, this rally consisted of two crappy tastes that...
Respecful Insolence (Quackery and bad sciende)
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The "myth" of basic science?
I’m a clinician, but I’m actually also a translational scientist. It’s not uncommon for those of us in medicine involved in some combination of basic and clinical research to argue about exactly what that means. The idea is translat...
Respecful Insolence (Quackery and bad sciende)
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Choosing Wisely three years on
I like to point out from time to time that arguably the most striking difference between science-based medicine (and the evidence-based medicine from which we distinguish it) and alternative medicine, “complementary and alternative medicineR...
Respecful Insolence (Quackery and bad sciende)
Monday, October 26, 2015

Public service announcement: No, drinking your own urine will not cure breast cancer
I consider posts like the one I’m writing now to be public service, an obligation. There are times when I don’t want to do them, when they become so sadly, depressingly repetitive in overall outline (and, unfortunately, likely outcome) th...
Respecful Insolence (Quackery and bad sciende)
Friday, October 23, 2015

More antivaccine stylings from someone who is Dunning-Kruger personified
I was measured, science-based, and reasonable in yesterday’s post about the new American Cancer Society guidelines for screening mammography (which is obviously why that post garnered so few comments, thus teaching me my lesson yet again0, but ...
Respecful Insolence (Quackery and bad sciende)
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Once more into the breach: The American Cancer Society publishes new mammography guidelines
One of the things that feels the weirdest about having done the same job, having been in the same specialty, for a longer and longer time is that you frequently feel, as the late, great Yogi Berra would have put it, deja vu all over again. This is pa...
Respecful Insolence (Quackery and bad sciende)
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Yet another antivaccine rally, yet another yawn
If there’s one thing that’s amusing about the antivaccine movement, it’s the disconnect between its members’ perception of their own importance and the reality of it, which is that they tend to be a pretty pathetic, risible ba...
Respecful Insolence (Quackery and bad sciende)
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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