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Cultural success of ineffective treatments

May 6, 2009


Apart from the work on emulation and imitation mentioned in the previous post, at least two other things from St. Andrews struck me as highly relevant to own research. The first of these was a poster by Tanaka, Kendal and Laland on how non-effective medical treatments might be perpetuated. Since I’ve returned, I’ve had the […]

Horizon’s homeopathy documentary

December 20, 2008


I’ve just watched the BBC Horizon programme on homeopathy, in which they run a test of homeopathic ‘medicine’ to check if it is at all effective. The programme does the somewhat annoying thing of making it sound like there’s a real question here – a necessary mechanism to make the situation at all dramatic to […]

It’s the season for medical myths

December 19, 2008


At the very least, that seems to be the case when it comes to the BBC News website. Last year, just before Christmas, they had an article listing seven often held beliefs that are most likely untrue, including the idea that reading in poor light damages eye-sight (I think that I’d have been willing to […]

Science-based medicine

June 24, 2008


Harriet Hall, an MD who has a regular column in The Skeptic, also participates in a group blog that deals with some topics fairly closely related to the topics covered here. The blog – Science-based medicine – has in-depth posts that require some serious thought as well as a willingness to look up the medical […]

A video introduction to the placebo effect

April 7, 2007


Thinking about evidence based medicine reminded me of one of the talks at the APRU. The talk, given by Chris French, is on the research into the placebo effect, is really a great introduction to the area and can be viewed on their site. I warmly recommend seeing it.

Medicine, evidence and superstition

April 7, 2007


A very interesting article on the BBC News website this morning: Andrew Booth, from the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) in Sheffield, is assessing the proportion of modern treatments that are “evidence-based” – supported by “randomised controlled trials”, which, if run correctly, give the best view on the value of a drug or […]