In what seems a potentially devastating blow to the British Chiropractic Association, an editorial in the current British Medical Journal says the following of the review by Edzard Ernst of the BCA's 'plethora' of evidence:
"His demolition of the 18 references is, to my mind, complete."
Read this aloud, slowly; and then imagine this sentence being read out in court.
This is surely devastating.
For after a complete demolition, of course, there will not be a jot remaining.
Ernst also make very interesting points indeed as to the completeness of the references and whether the BCA did or should have known better. These points may well be relevant in the trial, regardless of how successful Simon Singh is with his appeal.
I understand this editorial, and Ernst's review, was repeatedly "lawyered" before publication: so I would like to say very well done to my learned friends for approving the text which appeared.
Le Canard Noir now has an outstanding post on all this here. I agree entirely with the wise duck.
In my view, it is now entirely appropriate that we routinely describe the culprits in all this as "the discredited BCA".
For it seems that even the BMJ now concurs that there is not a jot of evidence...