Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine (Paperback)

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“For anyone who has ever wondered about the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of . . . alternative therapies.”—Susan Okie, Washington Post


Whether you are an ardent believer in alternative medicine, a skeptic, or are simply baffled by the range of services and opinions, this groundbreaking analysis lays to rest doubts and contradictions with authority, integrity, and clarity. Over thirty of the most popular treatments—including acupuncture, homeopathy, aromatherapy, reflexology, chiropractic, and herbal medicines—are examined for their benefits and potential dangers. What works and what doesn’t? Who can you trust, and who is ripping you off? In its scrutiny of alternative and complementary cures, this book also strives to reassert the primacy of the scientific method as a means for determining public health practice and policy.

About the Author


Edzard Ernst, based at the University of Exeter, is the UK’s first professor of complementary medicine.

Best-selling author and science journalist Simon Singh lives in London. His books include Fermat’s Last Theorem, The Code Book, and Big Bang.

Praise For…


Entertaining as well as informative. . . . The examination of evidence is comprehensive, forensic, and for champions of these therapies, damning.
— Toby Murcott

Physicians should recommend the book to their patients, and it will help health practitioners provide patients with sound advice.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393337785
ISBN-10: 0393337782
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: October 19th, 2009
Pages: 352
Language: English