19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Read this especially if you work in the Health Service,
This review is from: Snake Oil and Other Preoccupations (Paperback)
I am so pleased I read this book. I work in audit and research in the Health Service and I found that I have been asked to an awful lot of 'complementary medicine' groups in recent years, attended and run mainly by apparently orthodox nurses. I was beginning to worry that I was old-fashioned in demanding some sort of evidence base for these so-called 'alternative' therapies. John Diamond has brought me soundly back to earth to the extent that I felt angry today to note that our hospital library devotes more shelf space to homeopathy and other 'alternative' practices than it does to child abuse. Some mistake, surely, and I will not go along with this any more!
Meantime John Diamond acknowledges the common sense that a massage and nice smells may well help you to feel better but these are not healing or curative per se.
I do feel that tis book should not have included pieces of work on subjects other than complementary medicine and his cancer. On the other hand, his writing is such a delight that I can hardly be sorry - his story of the Yiddish computer repairer, for example, was excellent!