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The Pain & Therapy Bibliography, Record ID 4600

Expert Profile: Dr. Stephen Barrett



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Dr. Stephen Barrett, a retired psychiatrist, is America’s most prominent scientific medicine activist. (I am pleased to know Dr. Barrett a little bit myself, having exchanged several notes with him over the years, and spoken with him at some length on the phone on one occasion.) In addition to founding the prominent websites QuackWatch and Chirobase, Dr. Barrett operates 23 websites in all; edits Consumer Health Digest (a weekly electronic newsletter); is medical editor of Prometheus Books; and has been a peer-review panelist for several top medical journals. He has written more than 2,000 articles and delivered more than 300 talks at colleges, universities, medical schools, and professional meetings. His dozens of books include The Health Robbers: A close look at quackery in america and seven editions of the college textbook Consumer Health: A guide to intelligent decisions.

Note that nearly everything Dr. Barrett’s critics say about it him is malicious fiction. In particular, it is not true that he lost his medical license.

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  2. Does Massage Therapy Work?
  3. Save Yourself from Low Back Pain!
  4. Does Chiropractic Work?
  5. Battle of the Experts
  6. Review of Inside Chiropractic: A Patient’s Guide, a book by Samuel Homola
  7. About Paul Ingraham