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Should medical students be taught alternative medicine?

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 28 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2417

Rapid Response:

Re: Should medical students be taught alternative medicine?

This was a BAD question - it has been open to interpretation too variously.

Some respondents answer the question 'yes' but as to whether medical students should be taught 'about alternative medicine'.
I say 'yes' to that - but that is not what the question asked.

The question asked whether students 'should be taught alternative medicine'.

Surely this implies students should be taught how to practice CAM?
And the answer to that must be 'no'.

A confused question, and even more confused respondents.
May the wu be with you all!

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31 May 2014
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Private practice
Glendene Beacon Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0BS