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Alternative Medicine is Quackery

01.01.04

Alternative medicine debate

Filmed in India during the Debating Matters India finals, this gripping debate never fails to engage. Practitioners of modern medicine demystify and challenge alternative medicine in defence of scientific rigour, testing and the reproducibility of treatments. Advocates of alternative medicine claim a holistic approach which is person specific that can not be validated using established methods. The debate gets heated as professor Simon Wessely points out that he is a practitioner of modern medicine by day but like many parents resorts to homeopathy when he goes home. When one of his children comes home with a bruised knee from the playground he kisses it better, but he says, “this is not medicine.”

Recommended links:

  • Institute of Ideas Debating Matters Competition: website
  • Department of AYUSH India website

Related topics: Debates, International, Science & Progress

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