Placebo

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Professor Edzard Ernst qualified as a physician in Germany in 1978 where he also completed his MD and PhD theses. He has received training in acupuncture, autogenic training, herbalism, homoeopathy, massage therapy and spinal manipulation. He was Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) at Hannover Medical School and Head of the PMR Department at the University of Vienna. In 1993 he established the Chair in Complementary Medicine at the University of Exeter. Making him the first Professor of Complementary Medicine in the world. He is founder/Editor-in-Chief of two medical journals (Perfusion and FACT). He has published more than 40 books and in excess of 1000 articles in the peer-reviewed medical literature and has been given visiting professorships in Canada and the US. His work has been awarded with 13 scientific prizes. With Simon Singh he wrote the popular book Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial.

Here Professor Ernst explains what a placebo is. 

About the image: Antilirium Placebo (Source: NIH)

 

 

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