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A Scientist in Wonderland


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Professor Ernst qualified as a physician in Germany where he also completed his MD and PhD theses. He was Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) at Hannover Medical School (Germany) and Head of the PMR Department at the University of Vienna (Austria). He came to the University of Exeter in 1993 to establish the first Chair in Complementary Medicine. Since 2012, he is Emeritus Professor.


"[F]or all its trenchant arguments about evidence-based science, the second half of A Scientist in Wonderland remains a very human memoir, and Ernst's account of the increasingly personal nature of the attacks he faced when speaking to CAM practitioners and advocacy groups is disturbing... Ben Goldacre's 2012 book Bad Pharma created a storm via its exposure of the pharmaceutical industry's unhealthy links with mainstream medicine. Ernst's book deserves to do the same for the quackery trading under the name of complementary and alternative medicine." -- Helen Bynum Times Higher Education "If you want a true measure of the man, buy Edzard Ernst's memoir A Scientist in Wonderland, which the Imprint Academic press have just released. It would be worth reading [even] if the professor had never been the victim of a royal vendetta." -- Nick Cohen The Spectator "Ernst isn't just an academic - he's also an accomplished writer and skilled communicator. He puts over some quite complex ideas without resorting to jargon and I felt informed without ever struggling to understand, despite being a non-scientist. I was pulled into the story of his life and read most of the book in one sitting... I was impressed by what Ernst had to say and the way in which he said it." -- Sue Magee The Bookbag "Edzard Ernst is one of those rare people who dare to question their own beliefs, look at the evidence without bias, and change their minds... In addition to being a memoir, Dr. Ernst's book is a paean to science... He shows how misguided ideas, poor reasoning, and inaccurate publicity have contributed to the spread of alternative medicine... This is a well-written, entertaining book that anyone would enjoy reading and that advocates of alternative medicine should read: they might learn a thing or two about science, critical thinking, honesty, and the importance of truth." -- Harriet Hall Science-Based Medicine "[T]his ferociously frank autobiography... [is] a clarion call for medical ethics." -- Barbara Kiser Nature "A Scientist in Wonderland is a rather droll, quick read... [and] it's an effective antidote to New Age nonsense, pseudo-science and old-fashioned quackery." -- Robbie Millen The Times "It should be required reading for everyone interested in medicine - without exception." -- Pan Pantziarka "In his new book, A Scientist In Wonderland: A Memoir Of Searching For Truth And Finding Trouble, no one from the world of alternative medicine is safe from Professor Edzard Ernst's firing line." -- Katherine Keogh Mail Online "The writing in A Scientist in Wonderland is clear and engaging. It combines good storytelling with important insights about medicine, science, and analytic thinking. Despite all the troubles Ernst encountered, I found his story to be inspirational. I enthusiastically recommend the book to scientists, health professionals, and laypersons who like to see nonsense and mendacity exposed to the light of reason." -- William M. London James Randi Educational Foundation "This engaging book is a memoir by a medical researcher whose passion for discovering the truth about untested therapies eventually forced him out of his job... [This] highly readable book concentrates on fact rather than emotion. It should be required reading for anyone interested in medical research." -- Andrews Haynes The Pharmaceutical Journal "A Scientist in Wonderland is more than an autobiography and I'm not sure I can do justice to the riches to be found in its pages. Sometimes it's reminiscent of a black comedy, other times it's almost too painful to read." -- Maria MacLachlan Skepticat "Ernst's book is a reminder of the need to have the courage to tell the truth as you understand it, and fight your corner against those in authority, while never losing a compassion for patients and a commitment to winning the debate. " -- Robin Walsh Spiked! "Edzard Ernst is a living legend... The book is easy to read and hard to put down. I would particularly recommend it to anyone, with an open mind, who is interested in the truth or otherwise of CAM." -- Loretta Marron Australasian Science "This is a deeply moving and deeply disturbing book yet written with a light touch, humour and self-deprecation." -- Michael Baum Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine "If you have any interest whatsoever in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), Edzard Ernst's new book A Scientist in Wonderland is a must-read... Long may this man speak truth unto power!" -- Chris French Skeptical Inquirer "This is no dry autobiography, but a compelling account of a seeker after truth dicing with the dark forces of un-reason and self-interest... Ernst's book is a testament to determination and integrity... This slim volume deserves a place on the bookshelf of every scientist and politician with an interest in healthcare, every medical practitioner and every camist with a conscience." -- Richard Rawlins The Skeptical Intelligencer 'Ernst's A Scientist in Wonderland is entertainingly written and, like his professional life, challenging. Some of it is unashamed diatribe. Many will find the attitudes expressed by the author to be offensive. Others will regard Ernst as a hero and a martyr for evidence-based medicine based upon scientific rigour... A Scientist in Wonderland is an absorbing and personal account of the life of an influential figure in the passionate and divisive contemporary conflict between conventional and alternative medicine... It is well worth reading.' -- Ian Freckelton QC Journal of Law and Medicine

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