The infiltration of woo into medical academia continues apace : Respectful Insolence
BALTIMORE - At one of the nation's top trauma hospitals, a nurse circles a patient's bed, humming and waving her arms as if shooing evil spirits. Another woman rubs a quartz bowl with a wand, making tunes that mix with the beeping monitors and hissing respirator keeping the man alive.Man this is disgusting. I did a significant chunk of my residency at shock trauma, and it was a pretty rigorous place at the time. It's really disheartening to see quackery infesting that institution too. Orac has (as usual) much more, and is much more eloquent that I could be, so I'll leave it there and encourage you to just go read what he wrote.
They are doing Reiki therapy, which claims to heal through invisible energy fields. The anesthesia chief, Dr. Richard Dutton, calls it "mystical mumbo jumbo." Still, he's a fan.
"It's self-hypnosis" that can help patients relax, he said. "If you tell yourself you have less pain, you actually do have less pain."
Alternative medicine has become mainstream. It is finding wider acceptance by doctors, insurers and hospitals like the shock trauma center at the University of Maryland Medical Center.