Whether you are an ardent believer in alternative medicine, a skeptic, or simply baffled by the range of services and opinions, this book lays to rest doubts and contradictions with authority and clarity. In this groundbreaking analysis, more than thirty of the most popular treatments-including acupuncture, homeopathy, aromatherapy, reflexology, chiropractic, and herbal medicines-are examined for their proven benefits and potential dangers. What works and what doesn't? Whom can you trust, and who is ripping you off? While guiding the reader through a wide range of alternative cures, Trick or Treatment hones in on narrative case histories that illustrate the pros and cons of alternative medicine. Ultimately, in its scrutiny of alternative and complementary cures, this book strives to reassert the primacy of the scientific method as a means for determining public health practice and policy.
Edzard Ernst, based at the University of Exeter, is the world's first professor of complementary medicine. He is the author of numerous books for professionals, including The Oxford Handbook of Complementary Medicine. Simon Singh, science journalist, tv producer, and best-selling author, lives in London. His books include Trick or Treatment, Fermat's Enigma, The Code Book, and Big Bang.