By Edzard Ernst
This is often 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 medication and at last grew to become a clinical examine scientist, taking on appointments in Germany, Austria and eventually in England. His reverence for the pursuit of fact during the software of clinical tools, coupled with a becoming curiosity within the background of medication in the course of the Nazi period, didn't constantly endear him to others. on the time he was once appointed to the world’s first chair in substitute medication, this was once a space of well-being care that had not often been studied systematically, and used to be virtually fullyyt ruled by means of outspokenly evangelic promoters and lovers - between them, famously, HRH Prince Charles - a lot of whom exhibited an openly opposed, anti-scientific angle in the direction of the target examine in their favoured cures. Clashes have been inevitable, however the sheer ferocity with which advocates of other medication might function so one can guard their box from scrutiny got here as a profound shock. This memoir offers a special perception into the cutthroat politics of educational lifestyles and provides a sobering mirrored image at the harm already performed by way of pseudoscience in future health care.
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A Scientist in Wonderland by Edzard Ernst