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Harriet Hall, MD: The SkepDoc

I Don't Need No Steenkin' Science


Quackery is infiltrating our medical schools and hospitals under the guise of so-called "integrative medicine." Medical treatments based on belief rather than evidence are gaining wider acceptance in our society as a whole. Why do so many people reject science and embrace pseudoscience? How can even the most intelligent, educated doctors be led down the garden path to believe ineffective treatments are helping their patients? How have anti-intellectualism, democracy, celebrities, postmodernism, poor science education, and distrust of authority contributed to the current situation? What can we do to change it?

Dr. Hall is a retired family physician and Air Force colonel. Her book Women Aren’t Suppose to Fly: The Memoirs of a Female Flight Surgeon, about her experience as one of the first women USAF flight surgeons, is available on Well-known in the skeptic community as “The SkepDoc” for her regular column in Skeptic magazine, she is also a founding member of the Science-Based Medicine blog, a medical advisor on Quackwatch, a contributing editor to Skeptical Inquirer, and on the editorial review board of Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. She is a co-author of the textbook Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions (2012). Dr. Hall is a Fellow of the Institute for Science in Medicine and of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) and was awarded “Outstanding Contributions to Science and Skepticism” (2010) by CFI. She is on the Executive Council of CSI and is a faculty member at the annual Skeptics Toolbox workshop in Eugene, OR.

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