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Editorial: Medicine vs Alternative Medicine: “If it works, it’s medicine; if it doesn’t, it isn’t”

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By Rajeev Chitguppi, Dental Tribune South Asia
January 12, 2020

This twitter thread is on a topic that will remain relevant forever : "Medicine vs Alternative Medicine". Most relevant to all those healthcare professionals who debate on different treatment modalities along the lines of Logical vs Illogical, Scientific vs Unscientific, Evidence-based or not, and Medicine vs Alternative medicine.

The thread starts with a tweet by Dr. Adam Cifu (MD, Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Medical School Academic, University of Chicago). He is the co-author of two influential books, Symptom to Diagnosis and Ending Medical Reversal.  Dr. Cifu also serves as a deputy editor of the JAMA Clinical Guideline Synopsis series.

Quotes in the thread:

1. We have to just find out what works. That's real science - it really does not matter what you call it. If it works, it's good science. Stated by Tim O'Brien

2. Quoting an editorial from Phil Fontanarosa and George Lundberg (JAMA 1998) "There is no alternative medicine. There are only two types of medicine. It is either scientifically proven, evidence-based medicine supported by data or unproven medicine, for which scientific evidence is lacking. Eastern vs western, mainstream vs unconventional etc are only for historical purposes and cultural interest.

3. Richard Dawkins has one about there being no such thing as alternative medicine. If it works, it’s just medicine. If it doesn’t, it isn’t.

4. Images in the above tweet expanded.

Hope this thread is insightful to all the dental professionals too. Follow this thread: Click here

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