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Exposing quacks and charlatans who peddle bad health advice

A multitude of companies and people offer untested treatments and cures for nearly every human ailment. It is extremely difficult for patients to tell what is genuine and what is nonsense.

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The Extraction of the Stone of Madness (The Cure of Folly)
Painting by Hieronymus Bosch completed between 1475 and 1480

The painting is called The Extraction of the Stone of Madness or The Cure of Folly. It was painted by Hieronymus Bosch. Read about it on Wikipedia.

We chose it for our first article because of its association with medical pseudo-science. Some of the history behind this painting is described in this excellent article by Laurinda Dixon. Also see this excellent page on scienceblogs.com.

Tags: Bosch

Comments in chronological order (3 comments)

marga wrote on 26 February 2011 at 5:09 p.m.:

Congratulations and all the best with a very good initiative. hope this will be noted worldwide. marga

Anthony wrote on 24 March 2011 at 11:33 a.m.:

I'm very happy to see that a site like this has started up in South Africa. For a long time I have thought that we desperately need more activism against quackery and pseudoscience.

Fantastic, good luck with your efforts, I hope that I may contribute in the future.

Nathan Geffen wrote on 25 March 2011 at 12:37 a.m.:

Thanks Anthony. Please do feel free to contribute (use the Contact form). If it's good, relevant and won't result in us losing our underwear in litigation, we'll publish it.

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