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RMIT University – Complementary Medicine

Highly Commended  2014This part of the University was Highly Commended in the 2014 Millenium Awards. The award citation read:

This real University has a school of complementary medicine, in which are taught Chinese medicine, chiropractic and osteopathy. RMIT is very proud of the fact that they were the first university in Australia to teach Chinese medicine and osteopathy. I wonder if elsewhere on campus they have somewhere where astrology is taught and whether alchemy is a standard thread in chemistry courses along with the theory of phlogiston. Storage in the geography department must be easier than other universities because there is no need to store spherical globes, just flat maps. The residents of the microbiology department must think they are wasting their time knowing that they share campus space with people who teach that germs do not cause disease.

I noticed in the description of the department a mention that they teach things other than Western medicine, although I'm not quite sure how you can become more Western than things like chiropractic and osteopathy which were invented in the USA. As a recent find of a mummified body in Austria suggests that acupuncture was used there about 4000 years ago, predating Chinese acupuncture by at least 2000 years, it seems as if acupuncture is also a Western discipline.

I remember the days when universities just taught real subject material. I must be old.


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