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A new nomenclature for auricular acupuncture: The ultimate in Tooth Fairy science

Tooth Fairy science is the study of a phenomenon before having actually demonstrated that the phenomenon actually exists. I can't think of a better example than trying to construct an elaborate mapping system of body parts and organs to the surface of the external ear for purposes of sticking needles in them to heal and relieve pain (auricular acupuncture). Yet that's what's just been published.
Source: Respectful Insolence - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking acupuncture auricular acupuncture homunculus Source Type: blogs

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Source: Schmerz - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Schmerz Source Type: research
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Source: European Journal of Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
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