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Guest post by Louise Lubetkin A few months ago The Economist ran one of its Where Do You Stand? polls asking readers whether alternative medicine should be taught in medical schools: In Britain and Australia, horrified scientists are fighting hard against the teaching of alternative therapies in publicly funded universities and against their provision in mainstream medical care. They have had most success in Britain. Some universities have been shamed into ending alternative courses. The number of homeopathic hospitals in Britain is dwindling. In 2005 the Lancet, a leading medical journal, declared "the end of homeopathy". In 2010 a parliamentary science committee advised that "the government should not endorse the use of placebo treatments including homeopathy." So, should alternative medicine be treated on a par with the traditional sort and taught in medical schools? It may surprise you to discover that more than two thirds of the almost 43,000 respondents were of the opinion that