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Snake oil science : the truth about complementary and alternative medicine

Author: R Barker Bausell
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2007] ©2007
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Snake Oil Science, R. Barker Bausell provides an engaging look at the scientific evidence for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and at the logical, psychological, and physiological pitfalls that lead otherwise intelligent people - including researchers, physicians, and therapists - to endorse these cures, The book's ultimate goal is to reveal not whether these therapies work - as Bausell explains,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R Barker Bausell
ISBN: 9780195313680 0195313682 9780195383423 0195383427
OCLC Number: 85862469
Description: xix, 315 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The rise of complementary and alternative therapies --
A brief history of placebos --
Natural impediments to making valid inferences --
Impediments that prevent physicians and therapists from making valid inferences --
Impediments that prevent poorly trained scientists from making valid inferences --
Why randomized placebo control groups are necessary in CAM research --
Judging the credibility and plausibility of scientific evidence --
Some personal research involving acupuncture --
How we know that the placebo effect exists --
A biochemical explanation for the placebo effect --
What high-quality trials reveal about CAM --
What high-quality systematic reviews reveal about CAM --
How CAM therapies are hypothesized to work --
Tying up a few loose ends.
Responsibility: R. Barker Bausell.
Local System Bib Number:
334142

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"Mr. Bausell has emerged with a book about his true intellectual passion-- how we teach, how kids learn, and what would give us better results... His vision of the learning lab -- with students Read more...

 
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Good start... not quite there.

by postalart10150 (WorldCat user published 2008-07-03) Fair Permalink

I'm not sure how I feel about this one.  After reading such a dense book on improbability, this one seemed like it was very fluffy.  Anyway, this book tends to refute alternative medicine is merely a placebo effect or more of a fluke of luck rather than real medical science or having any...
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