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Expert Profile: Dr. Edzard Ernst

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Dr. Edzard Ernst possesses a rare mixture of significant expertise and experience with both scientific and so-called “alternative” medicine, and consequently has become one of the most interesting and credible experts on the subject. He qualified as a physician in Germany in 1978 where he also completed his MD and PhD theses, but has also received training in acupuncture, homeopathy, massage therapy and spinal manipulation. His experience and research have made him one of the most credible and interesting critics of alternative medicine in general, and chiropractic in particular, along with science journalist co-author Simon Singh (see below). His 2008 interview in New Scientist is an interesting introduction (see Interview). Dr. Ernst has published more than 40 books — including the current book Trick or Treatment, and last year (right up my alley) Complementary Therapies for Pain Management — and in excess of 1000 articles in the peer-reviewed medical literature and has been given visiting professorships in Canada and the US. His work has been awarded with 13 scientific prizes.

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These five articles on mention Dr. Edzard Ernst as a source:

  1. A Deep Dive into Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness
  2. The Chiropractic Controversies
  3. Does Arnica Gel Work for Pain?
  4. Massage Therapy Side Effects
  5. Homeopathy Schmomeopathy