R. Barker Bausell

Rufus Barker Bausell, Jr. (born 1942)[1] is an American biostatistician and retired professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore,[2] where, from approximately 1999 to 2004, he was the director of their center for studying complementary and alternative medicine.[3] He was also the co-founder of the academic journal Evaluation & the Health Professions,[4] and served as its editor-in-chief for more than three decades.[5][6] An expert on research methods, he is known for criticizing alternative medicine,[7] saying that alternative medical treatments are little to no more effective than placebos.[8] He is the author of the book Snake Oil Science: The Truth About Complementary and Alternative Medicine,[ISBN missing] published in 2007 by Oxford University Press.[9][10] He has also written a book about teaching in the United States and how he feels it could be improved, entitled "Too Simple to Fail".[ISBN missing][11]


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  3. ^ Adler, Jerry (1 December 2007). "Miracle Cure? Be Skeptical". Newsweek. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
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  6. ^ "Rufus Bausell Jr., Fiance of Carol Vinograd" (PDF). The New York Times. 1977-12-18. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  7. ^ Associated Press (10 June 2009). "$2.5 billion spent, no alternative cures found". NBC News. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  8. ^ Jain, Manoj (17 March 2009). "Even 'Snake Oil' Can Help Patients Heal". Washington Post. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  9. ^ Painter, Kim (3 February 2008). "Alternative therapy: healing or hooey?". USA Today. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  10. ^ Zuger, Abigail (25 December 2007). "The Lure of Treatments Science Has Dismissed". New York Times. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  11. ^ Rodricks, Dan (12 December 2010). "Too simple to fail: More time for teaching". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 6 June 2015.