MD, PhD, FMedSci, FRSB, FRCP, FRCPEd
Emeritus Professor, Exeter University, UK
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 (for those who believe this matters: I have, of course, also received these and other types of alternative therapies as a patient).
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 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 University. Today, I live partly in Cambridge (UK) and partly in Brittany (France).
I have published 53 books and well over 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.
During the last 25 years, 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 assessments. This ambition does not endear me to many believers in alternative medicine, including Prince Charles. I am not paid by anyone for my work on this blog, and am not aware of having any conflicts of interest.
My most recent books are all written primarily 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 several other languages)
Currently I am working on yet another book, preparing and giving 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.
If you would like to contact me directly, please send me an email using the ‘contact’ option of this blog.