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Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial

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Prince Charles is a staunch defender and millions of people swear by it, but most UK doctors consider it to be little more than superstition and a waste of money. And whilst much of this ‘medicine’ is free on the NHS , does it really work and is it safe? Indeed, does it even matter as long as patients are satisfied with the end results? Welcome to the world of alternative medicine.

Presenting the conclusions of his book ‘Trick or Treatment?’ (co-authored with Professor Edzard Ernst), Simon Singh relies on the large amount of scientific evidence that has been accumulated to investigate which alternative therapies are safe and effective, and which are useless and even downright dangerous. From acupuncture to homeopathy, from herbal medicine to Hopi ear candling, he will also look at the origins of some of these therapies, their rapid growth in popularity in the West and their supposed modes of action.

This talk is part of the SciSoc – Cambridge University Scientific Society series.

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