SBM Topic-Based Reference


This section of Science-Based Medicine is dedicated to reference resources for major topics and issues relevant to science and medicine. For each topic we will give a concise overview followed by an index of SBM posts on the topic, and key outside resources. We will also list important peer-reviewed research relating to the topic with a brief description of the findings.

This is meant as a resource for the public, for health care professionals, writers, journalists and other members of the media.

Please be patient as we build this resource. Each entry will be an open-ended work in progress that we will try to keep as up-to-date as possible.



Academics and CAM

Book Reviews

Cancer Cures


Chinese Medicine


Critical Thinking

Herbs & Supplements


Law & Politics

Media & CAM


Miscellaneous: Colonics, CFS, Magents, Morgellons, Weight loss, Other


Placebo Effects


Vaccines and Autism



  • Founder and currently Executive Editor of Science-Based Medicine Steven Novella, MD is an academic clinical neurologist at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the host and producer of the popular weekly science podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and the author of the NeuroLogicaBlog, a daily blog that covers news and issues in neuroscience, but also general science, scientific skepticism, philosophy of science, critical thinking, and the intersection of science with the media and society. Dr. Novella also has produced two courses with The Great Courses, and published a book on critical thinking - also called The Skeptics Guide to the Universe.