- Series: later printing
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (August 17, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780393066616
- ISBN-13: 978-0393066616
- ASIN: 0393066614
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 147 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine Hardcover – August 17, 2008
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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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About the Author
Edzard Ernst, based at the University of Exeter, is the UK’s first professor of complementary medicine.
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This book is thorough and fun to read because of not only the science behind the practices covered, but also the history.
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this.
Kept me interested & entertained also.
While there is a definite knowledge throughout as to which side of the fence Simon is on, it is well argued through evidence based, unbiased studies and trials.
Would highly recommend for anyone who is being brow-beaten by the bulls***ters!
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Of course all the haters will say its sponsored by pharmaceutical companies .. they cant comprehend the truth even when it served on a silver plate.
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