A 2005 Medical Journal of Australia article pulls no punches as it decries the rise of CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) in academia.
The authors,Wallace Simpson and Kimball Atwood iv,discuss how something as absurd as much of CAM has gained an alarming degree of respectability in medical schools. They speak of :
"The guardians that usually keep the institution of medicine from reeling off into irrationality are social contracts built into medical science and ethical behavior. The academic community guards the contractual borders of science, while laws and regulations encode our ethical system. For the Absurd to have advanced, there must have been some breakdown of these social guardians."
So, why did the medical academics (collectively) fail in this role?
The authors suggest that the rise of Postmodernism is a factor. I cannot help but think that the availability of federal and foundation research money to " investigate"- or more commonly promote-CAM has to also be a major factor. Why else would medical schools sponsor CAM clinics and conferences?
For whatever reasons, it seems that medical schools ( many of them ) have lost their way. It used to be about teaching the science and art of medicine not the science, pseudoscience and art of medicine. What is the compromise between science and pseudo science? There is none.