Letters Point of credulity

Author’s reply

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d288 (Published 19 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d288
  1. John C McLachlan, associate dean of undergraduate medicine1
  1. 1Durham University, Durham, UK
  1. j.c.mclachlan{at}durham.ac.uk

Fried makes two points.1 2 Firstly, that the abstract was accepted because of my credentials. But that was one of the points I was trying to make. My impression is that the world of alternative medicine is peculiarly susceptible to “arguments from authority,” while rational science and medicine ought to focus solely on evidence.

The second point relates to “fraud.” I would …

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