Science-Based Medicine

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Science-Based Medicine (or SBM) is a group blog about medicine written from a skeptical viewpoint. As a result, a lot of its content deals with alternative medicine claims.

SBM was founded by Steven Novella, MD.[1]

The site was hacked on March 10, 2013, and on April 1 the site went offline; it went back online the next day.[2]


The editorial staff for SBM writes regularly and includes:[1]

Other contributors for SBM include:[3]

  • Joseph Albietz, MD
  • Val Jones, MD
  • Peter A. Lipson, MD
  • Scott Gavura, BScPhm, MBA, RPh
  • Jann Bellamy, JD
  • Brennen McKenzie, MA, VMD
  • John M. Snyder, MD
  • Clay Jones, MD
  • James Coyne, PhD
  • Ben Kavoussi, MS, PA-C
  • Linda Rosa, RN
  • Lorne Trottier, CM
  • David Weinberg, MD
  • Steve Hendry, BSc DDS FAGD
  • Sam Homola, DC
  • Igor Bussel, BS, MS
  • Jim Dougherty, MD, MPH, Brig Gen USAF (ret)
  • Olle Kjellin, MD, PhD
  • Andrey Pavlov, MD student
  • Grant Ritchey, DDS
  • David W. Ramey, DVM
  • David J. Kroll, PhD
  • Timothy Kreider
  • Martin Lessem, JD
  • Eugenie Mielczarek, BS, MS, PhD


Redacted article by Harriet Hall[edit]

Harriet Hall is a regular contributor to Science-Based Medicine who writes normally high-quality content. Some of her later contributions, however, have been flirting with transphobic viewpoints. Her first few articles advocate excessive caution about gender transitioning, which has been decried by some readers as being transphobic. Her first misstep into the shitstorm was her review[5] of Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, by Abigail Shrier (who was featured in a PragerU video)[note 1] where it is largely uncritical despite the obvious fearmongering from the book's cover and the title itself. Hall has additionally cited very few citations to back her claims, and it's very unclear where she's just describing the book's arguments or if she's endorsing the arguments. The comments in the article were largely condemning her work and highlighted even basic inaccuracies (such as the claim that in California it is very easy to get top surgery).

This has led to two other lead contributors, David Gorski and Steve Novella, to pull the article and leave a note: "After careful review, the editors of SBM decided to retract this book review. Because we allow trusted authors to publish without prior review for the sake of efficiency and timeliness, occasionally corrections need to be made post-publication. In this case we felt there were too many issues with the treatment of the relevant science, and leaving the article up would not be appropriate given the standards of SBM." The note then says it's not an act of censorship and people can try to respectfully discuss in the comments section, but that hasn't stopped Michael Shermer from republishing the article in[6] who initially left a note calling SBM's having "far-left progressive political bias that has compromised their otherwise stellar reputation as a trustworthy source", though it has since been removed from the repost.

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  1. To those thinking we're poisoning the well: we realize it's not wholly relevant to the content, but we feel you should know what kind of credibility we're talking about here.