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A new, comprehensive review of acupuncture turns out to be an orgy in wishful thinking
A comprehensive review of the evidence relating to acupuncture entitled "The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review" has just been published. The document aims to provide "an updated review of the literature with greater rigour than was possible in the past." That sounds great! Let's see just how rigorous the assessment is. The review was conducted by John McDonald who no stranger to this blog; we have mentioned him here, for instance. To call him an unbiased, experienced, or expert researcher would, in my view, be more than a little optimistic. The review was financed by the 'Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd.' - call me a pessimist, but I do wonder whether this bodes well for the objectivity of the findings. The research seems to have been assisted by a range of experts: Professor Caroline Smith, National Institute of Complementary Medicine, Western Sydney University, provided advice regarding evidence levels for assisted reproduction