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Winnowing the Chaff of Charlatanism from the Wheat of Science

By E. Ernst


Experts and lay people alike can sometimes find it difficult to demarcate the absurd. Here I propose a set of criteria that may be helpful in achieving this in the realm of healthcare: falsifiability, plausibility and some hallmarks of pseudoscience. Applying this method is unlikely to be fool-proof but it might be a valuable aid in discriminating credible from incredible health claims

Topics: Commentary
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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