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Simon Singh , Edzard Ernst
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Book Description

7 May 2009

Welcome to the world of alternative medicine.

Prince Charles is a staunch defender and millions of people swear by it; most UK doctors consider it to be little more than superstition and a waste of money. But how do you know which treatments really heal and which are potentially harmful?

Now at last you can find out, thanks to the formidable partnership of Professor Edzard Ernst and Simon Singh. Edzard Ernst is the world's first professor of complementary medicine, based at Exeter University, where he has spent over a decade analysing meticulously the evidence for and against alternative therapies.He is supported in his findings by Simon Singh, the well-known and highly respected science writer of several international bestsellers.

Together they have written the definitive book on the subject. It is honest, impartial but hard-hitting, and provides a thorough examination and judgement of more than thirty of the most popular treatments, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, aromatherapy, reflexology, chiropractic and herbal medicine.In Trick or Treatment? the ultimate verdict on alternative medicine is delivered for the first time with clarity, scientific rigour and absolute authority.


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552157627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552157629
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Singh is a science journalist and TV producer. Having completed his PhD at Cambridge he worked from 1991 to 1997 at the BBC producing Tomorrow's World and co-directing the BAFTA award-winning documentary Fermat's Last Theorem for the Horizon series. He is the author of Fermat's Last Theorem, which was a no 1 bestseller in Britain and translated into 22 languages. In 1999, he wrote The Code Book which was also an international bestseller and the basis for the Channel 4 series The Science of Secrecy.

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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 Mail)

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and useful, but by no means unbiased 22 Dec 2012
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
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Trick or Treatment is a very interesting read about the evidence that exists for the effectiveness (or not) of various complementary and alternative therapies (CAM). The book focuses especially on acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic and herbal medicine, with an appendix covering many more treatments in brief. I enjoyed reading the anecdotes on the history of CAM and conventional medicine, and there was a lot of useful information in there, but the authors' tone and approach left me questioning whether they were as unbiased as they claimed to be. Incidentally, I'm a big believer in the principles of evidence-based medicine (EBM), and I'm sceptical about many alternative therapies, so I didn't expect to have a problem with this book.

The main reasons I found myself distrusting Singh and Ernst are as follows:

1. Trick or Treatment claims to be a neutral presentation of the facts, but it is written in a very persuasive tone, with disparaging language used for anything the authors disapprove of. I really felt they were giving me the 'hard sell', which seems at odds with the concept of EBM. Much is made of the fact that Ernst used to be a homeopath, which supposedly makes him less biased, but to me the book seemed to have been written by someone who had become disillusioned by his former profession and therefore had strong feelings about it. On its own, this is not necessarily a problem, but in comparison with the points below it made me wary.

2. Throughout the book, the authors imply that modern conventional medicine is always better than CAM and that it always it has better evidence. They do not acknowledge any of the problems with research in conventional medicine, such as publication bias, or the fact that poor-quality trials exist here too.
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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful
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This should be essential reading alongside Ben Goldacre's Bad Science. Both books serve a vitally important role. Where Goldacre's book is a little more chatty, it's author being the 'David Brent' of the popular science writers world (I'm cool, you'd love to have a drink with me, and yeah, I can drink loads, while leading two double-blind trials, writing newspaper columns, participating in amateur dramatics (yes, really!) and being the funniest guy you've ever met... I'm cool, I swear, particularly if it impresses the kids and ...), Ernst and Singh's book is a little more sober, the authors being less desperate to impress. The books compliment each other well. If you come away, as some readers have, unconvinced,claiming the authors to be part of some conspiracy, or accusing them of blind prejudice against CAM then you have simply failed to understand the basic points they're making, and those points are not difficult to understand. This book and Goldacre's explain with admirable clarity the placebo effect and the way a double blind trial works and why they're important. Not difficult notions to understand in any case, but, just in case, here they are explained clearly, so all can grasp them. All treatments should undergo rigorous testing, much of the stuff on your health food shops' shelves hasn't, and when it has it has been shown (with very very few exceptions)to have all the healing qualities of a sugar pill, which in the case of homeopathy isn't surprising since that's what they generally are.
Now, to the KINDLE edition. 1 month into my Kindle ownership and I'm now getting pretty irritated by the shoddy quality of many of the Kindle editions.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Most books dealing with complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are uncritical: either uncritically accepting (the majority case) or uncritically knocking. This book is different. Edzard Ernst understands the modalities he writes about, and points out where the scientific evidence supports their use and where it doesn't. Along the way he spills a few of the secrets that some will wish had not been aired (such as the dangerous and excessive use of spinal x-rays by chiropractors).

This is a book for people with an open mind who want to understand why CAM often inspires such anger and contempt among the scientific and medical communities. It is well researched, well written and well referenced. It is also very accessible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last sense 22 Feb 2014
By Kpopeye
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Informative and a good read. Sensible and logical and now feel more informed and happy to ignore friends who think alternative medicine a good thing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 28 Jan 2014
By Spillit
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A fascinating look at the alternative medicine industry and meta analysis. Great for any cynics ! I enjoyed this immensely
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, as ever 13 Jan 2014
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It was the author rather than the subject which drew me to this book: having previously read "The Code Book", "Fermat's Last Theorem" and "Big Bang", I think Mr. Singh is brilliant at putting across sometimes complex ideas concisely and with clarity. Once again, he does not disappoint. The book is beautifully written, and entertains as much as it informs. Roll on the next book by SImon - whatever the subject!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A well balanced book that gives some good, real, repeatable examples. It does not force an opinion on the reader but gives the reader the ability to be more informed and follow-up with the reliable information sources.

Very easy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another weapon against quacks
I bought read and highlighted key parts for my grandmother who is a believer in homeopathy as opposed to the placebo effect and power of mental conviction. Read more
Published 27 days ago by H. Pritchard-smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful and very readable rebuttal of the claims of 'alternative...
Singh and Ernst have, individually, been waging war on the 'woo' merchants for many years, and in this book they powerfully combine to explain and discuss the evidence that shows... Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. G. Cornwall
5.0 out of 5 stars Singh and Ernst demolish the charlatans.
If you like tight arguments, rationalism, evidence and unpulled punches, this is for you.Singh and Ernst mop the floor with the fraudsters of homeopathy, chiropracty and the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Franz Bieberkopf
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Evidence Based Approach
Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst provide an excellent evidence-based approach to the question of whether "alternative" health treatments work, with in-depth analysis of a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by StuartHewitson
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This particular pill led to the deaths of at least (FDA figures) 200,000 heart attacks... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Normskiii
3.0 out of 5 stars measured doses
I could not find reference to the fact that conventional medicine delivers measured doses of a drug whereas herbal remedies often do not
Published 6 months ago by listener
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye-opener
So many of the so-called alternative medicine treatments are based on hearsay and anecdotes, that it's revealing to read a research-based review of them. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ziggy
5.0 out of 5 stars A treat to read
They managed to stretch out the obvious fact that alternative medicine is snake oil for the gullible into an entertaining read
Published 9 months ago by Andrew Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this in a day!
I could not put this book down and finished it in a day! While I was always too ignorant of alternative therapies to make a definitive judgement on whether they actually worked,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Saros
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