Physician Wallace Sampson, Expert on False Medical Claims, Dies at Eighty-Five
The skeptical community has lost a shining star. On May 25, 2015, Wallace Sampson, MD, died in California at the age of eighty-five from complications of heart surgery; he had been in the hospital since February.
Pesticides: Just How Bad Are They?
Scientific balance and objective assessments of evidence are necessary to avoid biased and misleading answers to concerns about pesticides.
Defending Science-Based Medicine: 44 Doctor-Bashing Arguments …and Their Rebuttals
Supporters of alternative medicine and purveyors of quack remedies love to criticize conventional medicine and science. They keep repeating the same tired arguments that are easily rebutted. This handy guide will help skeptics answer common criticisms from doctor-bashers.
An Introduction to Homeopathy
A brief guide to a popular alternative system of remedies based on a nineteenth-century concept that has no scientific validity.
Faith Healing: Religious Freedom vs. Child Protection
The medical ethics principle of autonomy justifies letting competent adults reject lifesaving medical care for themselves because of their religious beliefs, but it does not extend to rejecting medical care for children.
An Intro to Homeopathy
Homeopathy is an alternative system of medicine that was invented by a German doctor at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Scientific knowledge about chemistry, physics, and biology tells us it should not work; careful testing has shown that it does not work.
Down the Garden Path: Faulty Thinking and Self-Delusion
A Navy neurologist’s credulous venture into acupuncture advocacy serves as a useful case study. Here are twelve mistakes he made rambling down the garden path of self-delusion.
Do You Believe in Magic?
A review of Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine by Paul Offit, MD.
Tooth Fairy Science and Other Pitfalls: Applying Rigorous Science to Messy Medicine, Part 2
Part 2 of Harriet Hall, MD’s presentation from the 2009 Skeptic’s Toolbox conference.
Tooth Fairy Science and Other Pitfalls: Applying Rigorous Science to Messy Medicine, Part 1
Part 1 of Harriet Hall, MD’s presentation from the 2009 Skeptic’s Toolbox conference.
Disputing ‘Seven Deadly Medical Hypotheses’
The article “Seven Deadly Medical Hypotheses” by Reynold Spector, MD, in our March/April 2011 issue prompted considerable comment and controversy.