A Scientist in Wonderland by Edzard Ernst

By Edzard Ernst

this can be the tale of the author’s existence as a physician and a scientist. regardless of a younger ambition to develop into a jazz musician, he studied drugs and at last grew to become a clinical learn scientist, taking over appointments in Germany, Austria and eventually in England. His reverence for the pursuit of fact during the software of medical equipment, coupled with a becoming curiosity within the historical past of drugs in the course of the Nazi period, didn't consistently endear him to others. on the time he used to be appointed to the world’s first chair in substitute drugs, this used to be a space of overall healthiness care that had hardly ever been studied systematically, and used to be virtually totally ruled through outspokenly evangelic promoters and fanatics - between them, famously, HRH Prince Charles - lots of whom exhibited an brazenly adverse, anti-scientific angle in the direction of the target research in their favoured treatments. Clashes have been inevitable, however the sheer ferocity with which advocates of other medication could function which will defend their box from scrutiny got here as a profound shock. This memoir offers a distinct perception into the cutthroat politics of educational lifestyles and provides a sobering mirrored image at the harm already performed via pseudoscience in health and wellbeing care.

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