Winnowing the Chaff of Charlatanism from the Wheat of Science

  title={Winnowing the Chaff of Charlatanism from the Wheat of Science},
  author={E. Ernst},
  journal={Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM},
  pages={425 - 426}
  • E. Ernst
  • Published 2010
  • Medicine
  • Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM
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. 
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