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Trick or Treatment?: Alternative Medicine on Trial by Simon Singh
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
This is one of the books in a growing movement that is fighting for all that we gained in the Enlightenment, and which in the late twentieth and early twenty first century appears to be slipping away in a cloud of wishful, hazy thinking.

The key is evidence-based medicine. In other words, not wanting or hoping or idly believing a treatment will work, but testing if it is so. There is nothing sinister or 'un-holistic' about a trial - it merely tests if something works against a control or placebo. When most complementary therapies are tested this way, the evidence, for them, is devastating.

This books clearly explains the history of medicine before the evidence-based… Read more
A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
There are novels written to tell a story. And there are novels written that get to the heart of being human.

This novel is most definitely the latter, without being pretentious or tedious. In fact, the most wonderful thing about Goon Squad is that it manages to take you deep into the heart of matter with a prose style that zings along.

Her writing style never lapses into cliche and it tells you things about life and memory (memory is a big theme) that you always knew but never put into words. And - this is something about her technical ability I can't get to the bottom of - she tells you these things without ever feeling you're in the midst of a 'clever' authorial… Read more
The Best Tennis of Your Life: 50 Mental Strategies&hellip by Jeff Greenwald
Not bad. A few ideas to focus your thoughts. But lacking in the kind of concrete details you can actually take away with you and work on very much. Material could have been organised much better. Perhaps bullet points or action plans or something. I just came away lost in a haze of someone else's positive thinking.