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Mortar, pestle and bent spoon

Retail pharmacists have won Australia’s highest award for quackery and pseudoscience this year – the Australian Skeptics Bent Spoon Award.


The award, which has previously gone to psychic archaeologists, inventors of perpetual motion machines and anti-immunisation zealots, was awarded to chemists in 2006 for “managing to forget their scientific training long enough to sell quackery and snake oil in places where consumers should expect to get real medical supplies and advice”, according to the Skeptics. Pharmacists managed to beat off stiff competition from Dr Brendan Nelson, who was widely tipped to win for his support for the teaching of intelligent design in schools. Skeptics spokesman and Sydney GP Dr Richard Gordon said the Skeptics were dismayed by the enthusiasm shown by retail pharmacists for homeopathic and other unscientific remedies.

30 November 2006
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