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The 2016 Lars List: Best Content for Health Professionals

 •  • by Paul Ingraham
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It’s an honour to be included once again in what I have come to think of as “The Lars List”: Lars Avemarie’s annual list of the best articles (and other content) for health professionals.

It’s an honour not just to be included, but included four times this year, which seems rather generous, because the company I’m keeping on this list is dazzling. There are several entries from my distinguished friends at Science-Based Medicine, as well as particularly excellent writers and teachers like Greg Lehman, Todd Hargrove, and Christie Aschwanden; freakishly bright people like David Colquhoun, Fred Wolfe, and Edzard Ernst; and fiercely progressive professionals like Adam Meakins, Tony Ingram, and Nick Ng, all of whom actually deserve a reputation for being “sassy” and tough-minded more than I do.

More than the “honour,” what being included here means to me is that I must be Doing Something Right. (Assuming I am not also included on best-of lists like The Best Snake Oil of 2016 or The Greatest Hits of Confirmation Bias in 2016.)

Ironically, the four articles of mine that Lars included are not remotely my own top picks for the last year (not that Lars was necessarily restricting himself to content published in 2016). My own four picks would be:

  1. The 3 Basic Types of Pain: Nociceptive, neuropathic, and “other” (and then some more)
  2. Complete Guide to Frozen Shoulder: An extremely detailed science-based guide to one of the strangest of all common musculoskeletal problems, for both patients and pros
  3. The Trigger Point Identity Crisis: The biological evidence that a trigger point is a lesion in muscle tissue
  4. Zapped! Does TENS work for pain? The peculiar popularity of being gently zapped with electrical stimulation therapy

And now the 2016 Lars List …


[copied and pasted from Lars’ public Facebook post]

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