Is a Doctorate in Fantasy a Fantasy Doctorate?

Is a Doctorate in Fantasy a Fantasy Doctorate?

What’s in a name?

that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet;

I received my MD from Oregon Health and Sciences University. The small number of pseudo-medical providers (2 acupuncturists and a naturopath) on staff notwithstanding, it is an institution with that is mostly concerned with reality-based medicine. I used to think Oregon was a hotbed of pseudo-medicine, but compared to many medical schools, OHSU is a model of restraint at incorporating pseudo-medicine into their programs. I bet it will not last.

Health and Science. The words suggest the focus of the institution. Applying science to health. Or so I would think.

Much of what we cover on this site is pseudo-medicine and pseudo-science as it applies to health care. A prime example is much of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Its diagnostic modalities (tongue and pulse examination), its underling theory (chi and meridians) and its interventions (acupuncture, moxibustion, and medications) are divorced from the reality that science has described. TCM is mostly bunkum.  I always say mostly as one herb out of hundreds could very well have an active ingredient for one of the mutitudinous  diseases it is allegedly treating.  Blind pigs and acorns.

I recently received a press release that a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is now offered at the Texas Health and Science University.

With 'Health and Science University' in the title, a first I thought it was a real medical school, but it is the renamed Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Sort of like the Australian Vaccination Network where the title suggests a focus not actually present in the organization.

Given that there has yet to be a indication for TCM that has been demonstrated in a well done clinical trial, I can't see the 'Health' part of the institution. Given that the underlying premises of most of TCM is fantasy, I can't see the 'Science' part. Very 1984 for the name of the organization.

His mind slid away into the labyrinthine world of doublethink. To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself — that was the ultimate subtlety; consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word 'doublethink' involved the use of doublethink.

The curriculum for the Doctorate program starts with Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine and Critical Thinking and Reasoning in Clinical Practice. If taught correctly, there would be no need for the rest of the classes: Advanced TCM Diagnostic Techniques, Advanced Acupuncture and Moxibustion Therapy, Advanced Chinese Herbal Treatment as well as various 'Integrative' courses. It would save the student around $30,000 in tuition.  

And since they are offering advanced acupuncture, are those in the Masters and Bachelors not being taught important clinical information and being released undereducated on an unsuspecting world?   It doesn't appear to be like medical training with Internal medicine, then ID fellowship, then a research interest in Candida.  It is all acupuncture, all the way down.

There are a lot of peculiar and unusual areas of study including The 5 Weirdest Real College Degree Programs. The only one that even comes close to a Doctorate in Acupuncture was Ufology (Melbourne), which was a philosophy degree:

The degree focused on the belief in unidentified flying objects and aliens as a philosophy that many people believe in.

So the degree was not based on the premise that UFO's are real and a legitimate form of transportation, but on the study of peoples belief in UFOs. Unlike the degree from THSU, where the premise is that TCM is real and a legitimate form of medical therapy.  

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