CAM controversy

WHEN Professor Edzard Ernst answered an advertisement in New Scientist magazine for a position as the first chair of complementary medicine at Exeter University 20 years ago, he could hardly have anticipated it would earn him the label ‘quack-buster’, lead him into conflict with a member of the royal family and spark a lengthy disciplinary investigation.

Despite the colourful trajectory of his academic career, Professor Ernst remains the part-time chair of complementary medicine at Exeter and

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