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?
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.