Edzard Ernst


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); the latter publication sadly closed down in 2007.

I have published 50 books and more than 1000 articles in the peer-reviewed medical literature. My work has been awarded with 15 scientific prizes (most recently the John Maddox Price 2015). In 1999, I took British nationality and, in 2013, I retired and am now Emeritus Professor at the University of Exeter.

During the last 25 years, my research focussed on the critical evaluation of all aspects of alternative medicine. I do not aim to promote this or that therapy, my goal is to provide objective evidence and reliable information. This ambition did not endear me to many believers in alternative medicine.

My latest books are:

  • 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. A Scientist in Wonderland. Imprint Academic, 2015 (available from Amazon)

This is a memoir which, amongst other things, tells the story of my research into ‘Nazi medicine’ as well as my attempts to use the tools of science for the critical evaluation of alternative medicine.

  • Ernst E. Homeopathy, The Undiluted facts. Springer, 2017 (available from Amazon)
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