- 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 (110 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,850 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
Top Customer Reviews
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 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 ›
Singh is a very entertaining writer, but even he gets a little repetitive in this.
Excellent section on chiropractic though.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is just bad, bad but very bad do not bother in buy it waste of time and money.....Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very well written, very accessible. Should be in every school library and would be useful on a Critical Thinking course. In these days of 'fake news' this provides an antidote.Published 3 months ago by N. J. Phillips
It didn't cover areas I was expecting. Most areas covered sort of didn't need covering IMO ... too obvious. I just didn't find it very informative. Written style was okPublished 3 months ago by slrk
Could cover fewer topics in more detail but otherwise a very interesting read. Doesn't quite get the balance of being informative without condescending, which is crucial when... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Private Ryan
Boring rubbish and has obviously never heard of anecdotal evidence.Published 9 months 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 9 months 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 12 months ago by N Conway
an interesting book but it fails to recognise the value of the placebo.Published 13 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 14 months ago by Nigel D.