Sitting on a train, plane, or any other form of communal transport, the worst thing you can do in any impromptu conversation is admit to being a medical student. Instantly the person with whom you were making polite small talk will feel compelled to tell you about either a medical disaster which happened to their friend/mother/dog or their kooky ideas about how reflexology and whole food diets can cure bowel cancer. At times like these you want to be able to reach for the Oxford Handbook of Medical Myths, a title yet to be added to that burgeoning series. Wanjek's Bad Medicine neatly fills the gap in the market.
Wanjek, an American journalist, has set out to shoot down scientific myths, quasimedical mumbo jumbo and downright quackery masquerading as effective treatment. From drinks supplemented with oxygen to magnets for healing and bottled water to megadose antioxidant diets, each is exposed