SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE WEBMASTER
There's some quite argumentative stuff on this site, so I provide a few personal details here so that you can better assess what my prejudices are likely to be. (Well, we all have some, you know...)
Professionally, I'm a conventionally qualified physician who has over 30 years' experience of certain forms of complementary/alternative medicine (CAM). Until my retirement in 1998 I was a consultant physician at The Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, which is a National Health Service hospital and one of the main centres in Britain, and indeed the world, for the study and practice of unconventional medicine. The hospital is now renamed The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, to reflect the fact that homeopathy is no longer the only or even the main form of complementary medicine on offer there. All the doctors and other health professionals who work there are qualified in conventional as well as complementary forms of treatment and these are used as appropriate. My own main interest at the hospital was in modern medical (non-traditional) acupuncture and there is information here about the acupuncture courses I still run for health professionals.
Temperamentally, I have strong leanings towards scepticism about many things, including, perhaps surprisingly, much of the current enthusiasm for alternative medicine, which seems to me to present many of the features of a belief system, something I deplore (see Come Back Science, All Is Forgiven). I have critical articles about alternative medicine here as well as more general pieces on skeptical themes, some of which have appeared previously in various journals. I provide a short explanation for this attitude in the sceptical foreword.
This site isn't only (or even mainly) about medicine. I've always had numerous interests outside medicine and this explains why you'll find a lot of writing here on topics quite unrelated to my professional background. This applies particularly to the book reviews, which reflect a pretty wide range of eclectic reading over half a century. In other words, I'm a self-confessed generalist.