Snake Oil and Other Preoccupations

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Vintage, 2001 - Alternative medicine - 285 pages
At the time of his death from cancer on 1 March 2001, journalist and broadcaster John Diamond had completed six chapters of what was to be "an uncomplimentary look at the world of complementary medicine". These chapters, based on his own experience and on researched fact, which were emailed each week to his editors at Random House, are both personal and poignant, hard hitting and controversial, tackling the issues raised by alternative medicine with total candour and his usual wit. The second half of this book features some of the best of Diamond's writing, including a selection of emails to colleagues and friends, articles from "The Times" and the "Jewish Chronicle" and other publications, together with excerpts from his final notebook. For seven years he wrote an immensely popular weekly column in "The Times" which, following his diagnosis with cancer, was given over to following the progress of the disease. As well as gaining him a Columnist of the Year award, it resulted in an avalanche of mail from thousands of his readers.

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Unflinching and heartfelt, this book starts out as Diamond's impassioned crusade against the anti-science medical quacks. He died before he could finish it, and the second part of the book is a ... Read full review

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Chapter One
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Chapter Two
18
Chapter Three
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John Diamond died on March 1st 2001. He was one of Britain's most prolific journalists, columnists and broadcasters, having worked for most of the national papers and presented numerous radio and television series. He was married to Nigella Lawson, with whom he had two children.

Dominic Lawson is Editor of the Sunday Telegraph. Previously he was Editor of the Spectator. He introduced John Diamond as a columnist at both titles. He was also John Diamond's brother-in-law.

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