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Suckers by Rose Shapiro
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Jul 21, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: general-non-fiction, recommended-reads, 10-out-of-10-brilliant

10/10. The majority of CAM treatments have one thing in common. They do not show efficacy in controlled scientific tests. There is a major comparison to be made with religion here. Blind faith is the order of the day. Some treatments e.g. homeopathy are said to work by means which are completely implausible by any known scientific rationale. This book is well set out and cogently argued. Criticisms I have heard from CAM proponents are no better than anecdotal. Scientific evidence of efficacy is seen as anathema by CAM in the majority of cases. If CAM treatments are shown to actually work then they latterly become conventional (i.e. real) medicine; if they cannot be shown to work in any controlled scientific test they remain alternative (i.e. pretend) medicine. Recommended reading for those who might otherwise waste their money on useless (and in some cases harmful) quackery.
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message 1: by Maurice (new)

Maurice Volaski "They do not show efficacy in controlled scientific tests.'

Did you know this applies to chemotherapy?

" If CAM treatments are shown to actually work then they latterly become conventional (i.e. real) medicine; "

Proof: http://www.healthandhealingny.org/cen...


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