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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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 ›
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 !
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 approach. One word : scary. It explains how trials work and it then tests alternative medicines. It also shows how practitioners try to squirm their way out of begin tested, argued with and ultimately exposed.
An excellent book. I think, however, Ben Goldacre's Bad Science wins over for prose style and entertainment factor, while also being hugely informative.
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Boring rubbish and has obviously never heard of anecdotal evidence.Published 17 days ago by Km Kelly
Simon Singh and co-author enter into an evaluation of most of the nutty alternative medicines out there with—I do believe them—open minds. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Steve Ball
This excellent book examines a number of well known alternative therapies and interventions and subjects them to a merciless scientific process. Read morePublished 3 months ago by N Conway
an interesting book but it fails to recognise the value of the placebo.Published 4 months ago by M. Cawdery
Good read and eye opening exposure of the lack of evidence for most alternative medicines - which depend on placebo for any supposed benefit.Published 5 months ago by Nigel D.
For those who perhaps have an interest in alternative medicine or are just keen to read what facts we know about evidence based medicine and alternative medicine this is a great... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nick S
If you know very little about Alternative Therapies, and you are looking for some genuine guidance, this is definitely NOT the book for you to read! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jenny Luck
whatever you wanted to know about the billion pound business of modern quackery and never dared to askPublished 6 months 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 months ago by Amazon Customer