Monday, March 17, 2008

Where will it all end?

Hot on the heels of last month's depressing news that anti-depressants don't work (http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn13375-prozac-does-not-work-in-majority-of-depressed-patients.html) comes another report about the uselessness of conventional medicine. A study in The Lancet (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/health/healthmain.html?in_article_id=533748&in_page_id=1774) suggests that antibiotics are no good for most cases of sinusitis.

I admit I'm slightly concerned about where all this madness is going to lead. Pharmacists advising us against paracetamol, perhaps?

"No, I'm sorry, sir. I'm sure you're very genuine in your belief that these pills have helped relieve your symptoms of cold and flu, but actually they're completely bloody useless. I recommend spending three days feeling like s**t instead."

Maybe eventually, someone will find that morphine is useless as a painkiller. It's all in the mind. We'll start feeding terminal patients sugar solutions through a drip and watch them drift off into a blissful slumber.

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