Harriet Hall

The SkepDoc — Puyallup, WA

Harriet Hall, also known as The SkepDoc, is a retired family physician and former flight surgeon who retired from the Air Force as a full colonel. She wrote a book about her experiences as an early woman in the male-dominated fields of medicine, aviation, and the military: Women Aren’t Supposed to Fly: The Memoirs of a Female Flight Surgeon. She writes prolifically about alternative medicine, quackery, questionable medical practices, pseudoscience, and critical thinking. She has a regular column in Skeptic magazine, is a contributing editor to both Skeptic and Skeptical Inquirer magazines, and even had a column briefly in O, The Oprah Magazine.

Dr. Hall is affiliated with the Quackwatch website and is one of the editors of the multi-author Science-Based Medicine blog, where she contributes an article every Tuesday. She is a co-author of the 9th edition of the college textbook Consumer Health and a founding fellow and board member emeritus of the Institute for Science in Medicine. She is also a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, received an award from the Independent Investigations Group for outstanding contributions to science and skepticism, is on the Editorial Review Board of the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, is on the faculty of the annual Skeptic’s Toolbox workshop, and is featured in Wikipedia. Her website is Skepdoc.info.

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Dr. Hall's presentations include: 

  • Snake Oil Science
  • How to Identify Pseudoscience, Quackery and Fraud
  • A Scientific Critique of Chiropractic
  • Evidence-Based Medicine is not Enough
  • Natural Medicines
  • Tooth Fairy Science and Other Pitfalls: Applying Rigorous Science to Messy Medicine
  • Scams That Can Kill
  • The Anti-Vaccine Movement: A Deadly Manufactroversy
  • Complementary/Alternative Medicine: Fairy Tale Science and Placebo Medicine
  • Puncturing the Acupuncture Myth

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