Category: Book & movie reviews

Patients Who Deceive

Loren Pankratz's book Patients Who Deceive covers the whole spectrum of different kinds of deception. It is well written, informative, and entertaining, with case examples that read like detective stories.

/ April 26, 2022

Deciding Which Risks to Take

No medical treatment is risk-free. Paul Offit's new book covers the history of innovations that went awry and advises how to balance the risks of new medical innovations with the risk of not treating.

/ March 8, 2022

Prince Charles and Alternative Medicine

Prince Charles is a strong advocate for alternative medicine and is proud to be "the enemy of the Enlightenment." For the first time, Edzard Ernst tells the full story of Charles' ignorance and folly.

/ February 15, 2022

Culture-Bound Psychosomatic Syndromes

In her book Sleeping Beauties, neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan travels the world to investigate fascinating stories of mass psychogenic illness where social and cultural factors result in symptoms that give voiceless people a way to be heard.

/ January 18, 2022

Eat for Life: Joel Fuhrman’s Nutritarian Diet

Joel Fuhrman thinks his Nutritarian diet will increase longevity and prevent or treat most chronic diseases. He claims it is based on science, but his evidence is far from convincing.

/ January 4, 2022

Guide to the Emergency Department

This book is a handy reference that explains what happens when you visit the Emergency Department and provides tips on how you can handle some problems at home.

/ October 26, 2021

A Good Book

Craig Good's new book explains that all food is good and urges us to relax and enjoy rather than worrying and feeling guilty. Good advice, indeed! And solidly based on science.

/ October 5, 2021

So-Called Alternative Medicine for Cancer

Edzard Ernst's new book on alternative medicine for cancer addresses cancer prevention, treatment, and palliative care. It is an invaluable, accessible guide to the evidence for each modality.

/ September 28, 2021

A Very Serious Book Review: The Heroic Adventures of Kid Ki’ro

An Australian chiropractor has written a children's book extoling the virtues of the profession in a most elliptical fashion.

/ September 17, 2021

Science Goes Viral

Joe Schwarcz has done it again! His new book is not only packed with good science-based information, but is highly entertaining.

/ September 7, 2021