Is dissenter a word? I’ll look it up…no I won’t, I cant be arsed. Thought I’d share my response to Professor Ernst’s possible demise (scientifically speaking that is). The professor has a lot to say on chiropractic and has not been shy to do so for the last ten years at least.
The link to the article is: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/science/medicine/article7047382.ece
I get really angry whenever I see this ego maniac in the papers, so here is my penny’s worth which can you can read in the ‘comments’ part of the same link.
Stephen Davison wrote:
I’m a Chiropractor. I wasn’t always – I used to be a research scientist at Cambridge University.
I first became aware of Professor Ernst when I was a Chiropractic student and was struck by his profligate approach to research. At Cambridge, arguments both written and oral were always couched in conservative terms, using the ‘passive voice’ to give a balanced view on whatever was under investigation. The Professor it seemed was untroubled by such restraint.
As I dug deeper into Professor Ernst’s ‘research’ it became clear that his department does very little original research of its own, instead it gathers papers together (often from obscure sources) to support a point of view that the Professor holds, often ignoring compelling research that might give the opposite view.
And here’s the problem for the Professor: balanced, well argued viewpoints, in which research findings are weighted equally and fairly is not sexy. Sexy gets you into the papers, and this in my opinion, is what the Professor craves more than anything else. His ‘journalist’ opinions get him into the papers time and time again (usually The Mail or Express) where he ‘outs’ another profession that threatens to put a small dent in the profits of the pharmaceutical industry. He’s managed to get himself into The Times for goodness sake by effectively blaming Prince Charles for the demise of his depatment!
It’s not royalty that’s done it, I’m afraid. He’s done it to himself. I sincerely hope he is ‘let go’ and money is found for another scientist who wants to get to the truth of an issue rather than get into the papers.