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Archives for December 5, 2007

The ethics of therapeutic touch

Lest I forget to mention this one, Randy Cohen, a.k.a. The Ethicist, answers a question. Here’s the question: I work at a hospital where several nurses practice therapies like healing touch and therapeutic touch, said to adjust a patient’s energy field and thereby decrease pain and improve healing, although there is no significant evidence for…

The other village quack of the Chicago Tribune has decided to enter the breast cancer fray again. No, I’m not talking about the main village quack of the Chicago Tribune. That would be Julie Deardorff. Rather, I’m talking about the Chicago Tribune‘s newly minted breast cancer crank, Dennis Byrne. We’ve met him before, parroting credulously…