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Quackery, flummery, and fleas

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 20 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1379
  1. Kevin Barraclough, general practitioner
  1. 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 …

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