I think I need a new file system for the articles I save for future reading. Last week it was a study I saved with the file name '
No. An almost infinite number of studies could vie for the title of stupidest study ever and they could all win.
The article in question is
Traditional Chinese Pseudo-Medicine (TCPM) uses pulse and tongue examination to make diagnoses. Traditionally these diagnoses are not of real diseases, but of the fantastical maladies of TCPM.
In TCPM there are
As the authors noted
However, ambiguity and subjectivity are associated with their diagnostic results.
A nice way of saying tongue diagnosis is bogus.
These authors, in a truly phenomenal waste of time, decided to use computer analysis of the tongue. The approach of applying technology to TCPM is popular. You can even use your
They took high resolution photos of the tongue, did measurements and classified the tongue into one of 5 shapes: rectangle, acute and obtuse triangles, square, and circle
Really. As if this were in anyway a meaningful reality based tongue evaluation. It looks all mathy and sciencey, although their
Then they compared the shape of the tongue, as determined by the computer analysis to one of
Amazingly, this was a University level project and not an April Fools joke.
And they concluded that
With tongue shape and a persons' health state now established using computer-based methods, this potentially provides a new painless and efficient way to diagnose patients.
As always, I think of
Tongue evaluation's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an computer scientist, full of sound and fury,
And the authors intend to waste more of their life evaluating this pseudo-science.
A continuation of this work will investigate the fusion of all possible tongue features including color and texture in order to better determine a patients' state.
It is sad to think how much time, money and intellectual capacity are wasted in the studies such as this.