Snake oil and other prepoccupations
This is an anthology of the book that Diamond was writing at the time of his death (he died of throat cancer earlier this year) and some of his best columns previously published in different papers. While the thoughtful tirade against alternative medicine is sufficient reason to choose this book, there are many gems— “Doctors are much safer than they seem” ranks highly on my list—medics have lost a valuable ally.
Diamond remained stoical to the end. Others blame doctors for diagnosing their illnesses too late, sue tobacco companies for manufacturing their lethal addiction, and turn on the NHS when it finally admits that it cannot cure them, then run as fast as they can towards the nearest practitioner of colour- aura-karmic-cabbage-soup therapy. Diamond did not. Nor did he gibber in a corner until he died: he retained his intellectual courage. Diamond freely admits his scepticism to the “alternative hype”