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Meetup details changed: Little Canada Book Club - "Trick or Treatment" by Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst

From: Patricia M.
Sent on: Monday, September 13, 2010 5:22 PM
For our October meeting we will be discussing the book "Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine" by Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst. We are meeting on a Saturday this month instead of Sunday due to a schedule conflict.

From Publishers Weekly:
Noted science writer Singh and British professor of complementary medicine Ernst offer a reasoned examination of the research on acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbal medicine and other alternative treatments. Singh (Fermat's Last Theorem) and Ernst work hard to be objective, but their conclusion is that these therapies are largely worthless. As they examine the research on various alternative therapies, the authors explore the principles of evidence-based medicine on which their conclusions are based, including clinical trials and the placebo effect; they also explore related ethical issues. The authors report that many patients will improve with any alternative remedy?but no more than those given a placebo. Exceptions exist; some herbal remedies (e.g., St. John's wort, echinacea) can be helpful though not always advisable, and chiropractors can relieve low back pain under certain circumstances. This is a stimulating and informative account that will be indispensable to anyone considering an alternative treatment, though it may not dissuade true believers.
Copyright ? Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Our tentative list for future books is:
November: "The Bible According to Mark Twain" by Mark Twain
December: "Good Without God" by Greg Epstein
January: "How We Decide" by Jonah Lehrer
February: "Parasite Rex" by Carl Zimmer

To see a list of books that are also being considered for future reading, please see the post I've added to the message board. Any comments or additional suggestions will be appreciated!

Due to the limited space available in the meeting room, "maybe" RSVPs will not be allowed. Please be sure to update your RSVP if your plans change.

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