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A powerful and very readable rebuttal of the claims of 'alternative therapies'.,
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This review is from: Trick or Treatment?: Alternative Medicine on Trial (Paperback)
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 that almost all 'alternative' treatments are ineffective pharmacologically - but 'work'! This is a mainly a result of the remarkably powerful placebo effect, though other factors like classical conditioning and expectation also play a part.
The authors try to be completely fair and objective in their presentation of the evidence pro and con, (i.e. anecdotal vers. random, placebo-controlled, double blind trials) but their impatience with some of the inane arguments of 'alternative' practitioners is evident, justifiably, in some of their comments- not least about homeopathy and it's purported 'theory'. This helps make the book an entertaining as well as a very informative read.