This week, Hannah Devlin asks: what are sceptics of alternative medicine saying about its rise? And what can their thoughts tell us about how the scientific sceptic movement is approaching the conversation?

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People seek out healers in the face of illness. In the 17th century, physicians to Charles II tried to treat his seizures through bloodletting. And once upon a time, mercury was used as an elixir for life. Modern medicine eventually swept out many of the most dangerous and eccentric practices that were not firmly grounded in evidence.

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