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

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

I happened to read this thread on Twitter this morning. It's 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.

Akk, I hate it when this happens. I have said almost this exact same thing many times and always thought it was so smart and original.

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This was published when I was 11. Oh well.@VPrasadMDMPH

— Adam Cifu (@adamcifu) January 11, 2020

He gets a reply from Dr Vinay Prasad (MD, MPH) a practising haematologist-oncologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. He studies cancer drugs, health policy, and evidence-based medicine.

I realized a couple years back that I will never have an original idea...

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— Vinay Prasad (@VPrasadMDMPH) January 11, 2020


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.

2003 & 2011 seem later than 1998 🤔

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— Seth Trueger (@MDaware) January 11, 2020

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