- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Press (21 April 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0593061292
- ISBN-13: 978-0593061299
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.2 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Trick or Treatment?: Alternative Medicine on Trial Hardcover – 21 Apr 2008
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Fearless, intelligent and remorselessly rational. -- Sunday Times, April 20th 2008
"a definitive - if controversial - guide to what works, and what doesn't. It makes indispensable, if sometimes alarming, reading"
-- Daily Mail, April 8, 2008
The ultimate verdict on alternative medicine.See all Product Description
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Really intelligent & well-written analysis of what really goes on, and a book that can be referred-back-to over & over.
Highly recommended, and utterly woo-free !
It really is striking – the vast majority of alternative medical treatments are proved to be on a par with snake oil. Apart from anything else, this ought to be required reading for doctors -a surprising number encourage alternative treatment – for celebrities who endorse this kind of medication and particularly the media which all too often is wide-eyed and idiotic on the subject of alternative treatments. In the UK, Prince Charles who has bumbled on about the subject for many years, ought to be forced to copy this book out by hand until he gets the point.
All in all, a really important book which wasn't given the coverage it deserved when it came out, and what’s more it’s very readable too. By combining Ernst’s expertise on the subject and Singh’s superb science writing we have a book that is as entertaining as it is informative, and the emphasis on real testing will be a delight to anyone who enjoys the saying ‘data is not the plural of anecdote.’ More than recommended – essential.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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whatever you wanted to know about the billion pound business of modern quackery and never dared to askPublished 6 days ago by Dr. Ulrich Pfeiffer
This book shows no grasp of evidence based medicine. It lacks the comprehensive citations necessary to support a proper argument.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Thorough, and expert. A convincing demolition jobs on Quack medicine. Should be more widely known. Prince Charles should read it.Published 11 days ago by Michael Buckler
An informative read on the origins of a lot of the quackery that's being touted as medicine and getting to the roots of how evidenc based medicine is and should be. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gadget Lover
It's a book that is preaching to the converted. If you truly believe in alternative treatment you probably won't read this book, if you don't they you probably already know there... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Troy Sellers
This book is a gem, it is an honest and humble review of all research into the 5 selected alternative medicine treatments. Read morePublished 1 month ago by I