With thanks to http://theconversation.edu.au/complementary-vs-western-medicine-both-have-a-role-in-universities-8232 by Paul Komesaroff, Professor of Medicine, Monash University 19 Jul, 2012 (Paul Komesaroff’s comment piece, Medicine and science must oppose intolerance and censorship, is published in today’s Medical Journal of Australia. Paul Komesaroff does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations http://theconversation.edu.au/profiles/paul-komesaroff-1137).
From http://theconversation.edu.au/complementary-vs-western-medicine-both-have-a-role-in-universities-8232 ’… Medicine has long been the subject of vigorous debate about the control of social resources. The formation of modern medicine in the mid-19th century was itself the result of a century long fight for legitimacy among many contending groups.
At that time, those who won out – the physicians, the surgeons and those who prepared and sold medicines – had no more evidence to support them than those they defeated. They succeeded on the basis of politics, not of evidence. Since then, western medicine has grown into a key social institution supported by an elaborate scientific infrastructure. But the battle to defend its status, authority and access to wealth continues unabated. Read the rest of this entry »