Friday, September 12, 2008

Keeping It Old School

"Although acupuncture and herbalism have been practised in one form or another for thousands of years, most of what we now call 'traditional' Chinese medicine is quite a recent invention.

It was concocted in the 1950s from a hotchpotch of folk myths and superstitions.

Our hopes of being taken seriously as a research institution are being severely damaged by our association with such quackery,..."


-- Dr. Mike Eslea, stating the case in an "open letter" to Dr. Malcolm McVicar, vice chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire, and partially reprinted in the Lancaster Evening Post.U.K..