Unis urged to axe pseudoscience courses

Some of the country’s leading medical scientists are urging 19 Australian universities to stop offering courses in “pseudoscience”.

The new group Friends of Science in Medicine — which lists biologist Sir Gustav Nossal and Professor Ian Frazer among its 400 supporters — claimed the institutions were giving “undeserved credibility to what, in many cases, would be better described as quackery”.

The vice chancellors at the 19 universities were sent letters asking them to “endorse the principles that