Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine by Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst
Synopsis: Whether you are an ardent believer in alternative medicine, a skeptic, or are simply baffled by the range of services and opinions, this groundbreaking analysis lays to rest doubts and contradictions with authority, integrity, and clarity. Over thirty of the most popular treatments—including acupuncture, homeopathy, aromatherapy, reflexology, chiropractic, and herbal medicines—are examined for their benefits and potential dangers. What works and what doesn’t? Who can you trust, and who is ripping you off? In its scrutiny of alternative and complementary cures, this book also strives to reassert the primacy of the scientific method as a means for determining public health practice and policy.
Published: August 2008 | ISBN-13: 978-0393337785
Book’s Homepage: http://www.trickortreatment.com
We all know people who see chiropractors, acupuncturists or homeopaths. The evidence (or lack thereof) for these alternative medicines is clearly laid out in Trick or Treatment. But while the thorough analysis of the published medical literature is useful, the very first chapter is what grabbed me. An invaluable introduction to the scientific method, and it’s importance in assessing medical treatments and claims. – 10 Great Books on Skepticism and Stuff
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