MD, PhD, FMedSci, FRSB, FRCP, FRCPEd
Emeritus Professor, Exeter University
I qualified as a physician in Germany in 1978 where I also completed my MD and PhD theses. I received hands-on training in acupuncture, autogenic training, herbalism, homoeopathy, massage therapy and spinal manipulation.
Later, I became Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) at Hannover Medical School and Head of the PMR Department at the University of Vienna. In 1993, I moved to the UK and became Chair in Complementary Medicine at the University of Exeter. I am founder/Editor-in-Chief of two medical journals (Perfusion and Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies).
I have published 49 books and more than 1000 articles in the peer-reviewed medical literature. My work has been awarded with 15 scientific awards, most recently (2015) with the ‘John Maddox Prize’ for standing up for science. In 1999, I took British nationality.
My research focussed on the critical evaluation of (almost) all aspects of alternative medicine. Unlike most of my collegues, I do not aim to promote this or that therapy, my goal is to provide objective evidence, reliable information and critical assessment. It is fair to say that this ambition does not endear me to many quasi-religious believers in alternative medicine, nor to Prince Charles.
My latest books are:
- A SCIENTIST IN WONFERLAND, LOOKING FOR TRUTH AND FINDING TROUBLE (available from amazon)
This book tells my story as a researcher in Munich, Vienna and Exeter. It has been translated into German with the title NAZIS, NADELN UND INTRIGEN, ERINNERUNGEN EINES SKEPTIKERS (available from amazon).
- Singh S, Ernst E. Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial. Transworld-Publishers, 2008 (available from amazon)
This book is for the lay person. It was translated into over a dozen languages; the German version was voted Science book of the year in Germany in 2009.
- Ernst E, Pittler M, Wider B, Boddy K. The Oxford Handbook of Complementary Medicine. Oxford University Press, 2008 (available from amazon)
This book is a concise assessment of the evidence for or against a wide range of alternative treatments. It is aimed mainly at a professional readership.
- Ernst E. Healing,Hype,or Harm? A critical analysis of complementary or alternative medicine, 2008 (available from amazon)
This multi-author book is aimed at anyone with an interest in alternative medicine.
Currently I am busy writing another book, giving lectures, editing my journals, doing research (far less than I used to), and trying to enjoy life in the UK and France.