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Br J Gen Pract. 2007 June 1; 57(539): 500.
PMCID: PMC2078194

Author's response

Edzard Ernst, Professor

Dr I E Doney seems to misread my articles and misunderstand my remit. It is my job to research complementary medicine rigorously and without double standards. This necessarily involves exposing risks that can be identified. I am sure the ‘establishment’ fails many patients, however, this does not mean that quackery should be allowed to masquerade as medicine. To not speak out against this would, in my view, be irresponsible. I recommend that Dr Doney has a look at our book1 in which we summarise the evidence for or against complementary medicine systematically and fairly. I doubt that he then can still uphold his accusation of one-sidedness.

REFERENCES

1. Ernst E, Pittler M, Wider B. The desktop guide to complementary medicine. Oxford: Elsevier; 2005.

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