Quackery, flummery, and fleasBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7221.1379a (Published 20 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1379
- Kevin Barraclough, general practitioner
- Painswick, Gloucestershire
“I've been to my cranial osteopath and she assures me that she can cure my asthma. But then, you won't believe any of that, anyway.”
I make no comment, as always. It is assumed that I, a member of a conservative profession, will hold a bigoted opinion about any form of alternative treatment.
But I do not respond. I fear the branding of intolerance. As though I, like some religious zealot, hold an intransigent …