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.
In 1988, I became Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) at Hannover Medical School and in 1990 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; this publication was discontinued in 2017). In 2012/13 I retired and became Emeritus Professor at the University of Exeter. I am writing this blog in a private capacity and not as a member of Exeter Uni. Today, I live in Cambridge, UK and in Brittany, France.
I have published 52 books and more than 1000 articles in the peer-reviewed medical literature. My work has been awarded with 16 scientific awards, most recently (2015) with the ‘John Maddox Prize’ for standing up for science, and the Ockham Prize (2017). In 1999, I took British nationality.
My research focussed on the critical evaluation of (almost) all aspects of alternative medicine. 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, including Prince Charles.
My latest books are all written for the lay readership:
- SCAM – So-Called Alternative Medicine* (available from amazon)
- MORE HARM THAN GOOD? (available from amazon)
- HOMEOPATHY, THE UNDILUTED FACTS* (available from hive)
- A SCIENTIST IN WONFERLAND, LOOKING FOR TRUTH AND FINDING TROUBLE* (available from amazon)
- TRICK OR TREATMENT* (available from amazon)
(*also available in other languages)
Currently I am writing yet another book, preparing lectures (see ‘Lectures and Talks’ section on this blog), editing my journal, doing research (far less than I used to), and trying to enjoy life.