Quackademic medicine

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Quackademic medicine is a pejorative term used in the science based medicine community for the infiltration of alternative medicine (quackery) into academic medicine, or attempts at “diverting research time, money, and other resources from more fruitful lines of investigation in order to pursue a theory that has no basis in biology”.[1][2] The term was coined by blogger R.W. Donnell.[3]

For example, David Gorski critiqued Brian M. Berman, M.D., founder of the Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine and the holder of multiple NCCAM center grants, and other institutions, for having written "There was nevertheless evidence that both real acupuncture and sham acupuncture were more effective than no treatment and that acupuncture can be a useful supplement to other forms of conventional therapy for low back pain", and castigated editors and peer reviewers at the New England Journal of Medicine for having allowed it to be published, since it effectively recommended deliberately misleading patients in order to achieve a known placebo effect.[4][1]


  1. ^ a b , David Gorski for Science Based Medicine. August 3, 2010 Credulity about acupuncture infiltrates the New England Journal of Medicine
  2. ^ Steven Novella for Science Based Medicine. August 4, 2010 Acupuncture Pseudoscience in the New England Journal of Medicine
  3. ^ R. W. Donnell for Notes from Dr. RW Blog. January 23, 2008 Exposing Quackery in Medical Education
  4. ^ Berman BM et al. Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain, New England Journal of Medicine, 2010; 363:454-461 PMID 20818865