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Respectful Insolence's pseudonymous pro-science blogger Orac this morning rightfully laments the appearance of an acupuncture case study in the ostensibly evidence-based New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). The offending case study, which appeared in the Clinical Therapeutics section, describes the case of a construction worker suffering from back pain who asks for acupuncture. The consensus of the discussion ultimately recommends its use for the patient based on National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (...

A purportedly serious publication in a serious forum that was published this week has given rise to a bunch of breathless CAM-related headlines in my news feed. CAM being Complementary and Alternative Therapies.

I presume that this is what the authors and their employer wanted, as the supposed good news story is in fact one of the most blatant examples of quackacademic...