Science & Technology

Real Secrets of Alternative Medicine

Dr Richard Rawlins
Monday, 19 October 2020 - 6:30pm


The presentation will be based on Richard Rawlins’ book – Real Secrets of Alternative Medicine.  It will outline how ‘alternative’ treatment methodologies arose, how they have beneficial effects, and the controversies arising from trying to integrate complementary and placebo effects with conventional orthodox procedures.

The presenter applies his experience as a doctor with his intuition as a magician to reveal the secrets. ‘Alternative Medicine works – Richard explains how’.


Richard Rawlins’ book Real Secrets of Alternative Medicine is available in Kindle and paperback versions.




About the speaker

Doctor, surgeon, anatomist, apothecary, lecturer, journalist, sailor, skier, pilot, Freeman of the City of London, Master of Business Administration, Member of the Magic Circle, Riviera Circle of Magician’s Mentalist of the Year and author of Real Secrets of Alternative Medicine.

Dr Richard Rawlins has extensive experience giving talks and presentations for Probus, Rotary, U3A, WI, Livery Companies, Royal Colleges, the Royal Society of Medicine, Skeptics-in-the-Pub, universities, clubs and societies throughout the UK, as well as internationally and on cruise ships.

After qualifying as a doctor, Richard lectured anatomy at King’s College London before embarking on a surgical career. He fitted in two years as a ship’s surgeon with P&O and travelled the world. Returning to qualify as a specialist orthopaedic and trauma surgeon at Guy’s Hospital, London, Richard was appointed consultant at Bedford Hospital where he was also Divisional Director for Anaesthetics and Surgery and a member of the Trust Board. Richard also served the Royal Navy Reserve as a Surgeon Lieutenant Commander.

Richard served the BMA as chairman of its Clinical Audit Committee, chairman of the UK Consultants Conference, chairman of the BMA Retired Members Conference and Committee and is currently a member of BMA Council and its Finance Committee. He has been an Associate Member of the General Medical Council, and chairman of the Health Quality Service Advisory Council. In 2016 he was awarded the Presidential Prize of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Retired Members Society, for a paper titled Trust Me, I’m a Doctor. As a member of the Magic Circle, he is not to be trusted! 

He practises as an expert medical witness to the courts - based in Torbay, Bath and London.


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