Have you ever wanted to know more about how science-based medicine works, or how to tell whether a health treatment has a scientific basis? The James Randi Educational Foundation offers a free ten part video lecture series called "Science-Based Medicine" by Harriet Hall, also known as "The SkepDoc".
Harriet Hall at The Amazing Meeting, 2012. Via Wikapedia, photo by user Sgerbic. CC BY-SA 3.0.
Science-Based Medicine vs. Evidence-Based Medicine What Is CAM? Chiropractic Acupuncture Homeopathy
Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine Energy Medicine Miscellaneous "Alternatives"
Pitfalls in Research
Science-Based Medicine in the Media and Politics
The video lectures can be viewed on Youtube and you can download the companion course guide for free here
Harriet Hall, MD, is known as the Skepdoc after her column of that name in the Skeptic Magazine. She is a retired family physician and former flight surgeon who retired from the Air Force with the rank of colonel. She writes on the topics of medicine, so called alternative medicine and other topics relating to skepticism. She is one of the editors of the Science-Based Medicine blog and a contributor to the Quackwatch website about health related myths frauds, misconceptions and misconduct. She is also the author of Women Aren't Supposed to Fly: Memoirs of a Female Flight Surgeon.
This free, self-paced course is a great opportunity to learn more about science-based medicine and how to spot quackery.