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Should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain?


Tags: acupuncture, scientific medicine, mind, controversy, debunkery, energy work

PainSci summary of Cummings 2018?This page is one of thousands in the bibliography. It is not a general article: it is focused on a single scientific paper, and it may provide only just enough context for the summary to make sense. Links to other papers and more general information are provided at the bottom of the page, as often as possible. ★★★☆☆?3-star ratings are for typical studies with no more (or less) than the usual common problems. Ratings are a highly subjective opinion, and subject to revision at any time. If you think this paper has been incorrectly rated, please let me know.

I know who I think won this debate, but of course it won’t convince anyone who believes in acupuncture. So commenting on it is just “virtue signalling,” flying the Team Science flag.

Dr. David Colquhoun acerbically tweeted about this paper: “Just more manufactured doubt from quacks (as used by tobacco industry). Why does BMJ do this so often?“ Completely agree. I think the BMJ is just perpetuating what is now closer to a manufactroversy than a legit controversy.

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