Approximately two years ago I published this Pie Man as a riposte to those who used Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) as a blunt instrument to attack homeopathy and CAM exclusively while having nothing to say about the huge swathes of ‘conventional’ medicine that lack the support of evidence. The Pie Man is merely a graphic illustration of a pie diagram in the BMJ’s handbook of Clinical Evidence which can be seen here.
Dr Ben Goldacre, medical columnist of The Guardian is no friend of homeopathy. He testified strongly against it to a select committee in parliament. Fortunately all the draconian recommendations of that committee (including banning NHS homeopathy) were safely kicked into touch by two successive governments. He has also written a book called Bad Science which included an attack on homeopathy.
In my opinion Dr Goldacre’s views slope disappointingly in the direction of determinism, scientism and statism. Nevertheless his latest book entitled: Bad Pharma: How drug companies mislead doctors and harm patients (sic) does explain why the BMJ’s pie is so unflattering of so many ‘conventional’ medical interventions. He also shows that he understands the mantra of the professional investigative journalist: Follow the money! The money in this case utterly dwarfing the money apparently ‘wasted’ by the public on CAM and by the NHS on homeopathy. By writing Bad Pharma, Goldacre shows at least that he doesn’t live in the swamp of disingenuousness that is the natural habitat of those who use Evidence Based Medicine as a weapon to attack homeopathy and CAM exclusively while having little or nothing to say about the multi-billion dollar ‘quackery’ that is happening within orthodox medicine.