Trick or Treatment?: Alternative Medicine on Trial Paperback – Jun 1 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Noted science writer Singh and British professor of complementary medicine Ernst offer a reasoned examination of the research on acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbal medicine and other alternative treatments. Singh (Fermat's Last Theorem) and Ernst work hard to be objective, but their conclusion is that these therapies are largely worthless. As they examine the research on various alternative therapies, the authors explore the principles of evidence-based medicine on which their conclusions are based, including clinical trials and the placebo effect; they also explore related ethical issues. The authors report that many patients will improve with any alternative remedy—but no more than those given a placebo. Exceptions exist; some herbal remedies (e.g., St. John's wort, echinacea) can be helpful though not always advisable, and chiropractors can relieve low back pain under certain circumstances. This is a stimulating and informative account that will be indispensable to anyone considering an alternative treatment, though it may not dissuade true believers. 16 illus. (Aug.)
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"Fearless, intelligent and remorselessly rational" The Sunday Times "The authors' combined strengths shine through. The examination of the evidence is comprehensive [and] forensic..." Nature "A definitive - if controversial - guide to what works, and what doesn't. It makes indispensable, if sometimes alarming, reading" Daily MailSee all Product Description
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This book is actually very hard to put down. It is written in a style that is clear, authoritative, and quite captivating. It is also devoid of any jargon, thus making it accessible to a broad readership. Not only is this a book that can be enjoyed by anyone, but it should be consulted especially by those considering the services of a practitioner of any alternative medicine.
This book is a very thorough dismemberment of the main concepts that form the theoretical and practical logic of homeopathy, acupuncture and chiropractic treatment. Singh is very careful to write in a way that is accessible and clear to a variety of readers. Health is an area that can be immensely confusing because of the wide berth of information available for consumption, especially online.
I highly recommend this book to people who use or have considered using any form of alternative medicine or treatment. This book will hopefully give you the foundational knowledge necessary to make good health decisions for yourself and your family while being able to identify pseudoscientific claims and practices whose efficacy is centered around the placebo effect.
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This is an excellent book. It dissected some of the most commonly touted medical treatments and surveyed what the science actually says about them. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Anita Flegg
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