Saturday, September 6, 2008

Different Degrees Of Crazy

"Degrees in homoeopathy and herbalism could be scrapped after academics branded them 'quackery' and said they would damage their university’s reputation.

In an open letter to the vice-chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), academics said courses such as acupuncture contain a 'roll-call of quackery' and damage the institution’s hopes of being taken seriously.

Now the university has announced a review into the degrees after the first-year course in homeopathy, due to begin this term, was cancelled because of lack of interest.

Mike Eslea, a senior lecturer in UCLan’s School of Psychology, organised the letter criticising the introduction of a degree in Chinese herbal medicine."

-- Joanna Sugden, on the on-going fight against NewAge quackery in England, for the Times Online.

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