Editorial staff and contributors at Private-investigator-detective are physicians and other professionals who are alarmed at the manner in which unscientific and pseudoscientific health care ideas have increasingly infiltrated academic medicine and medicine at large. Our goal is to examine these claims in the light of science and skepticism. We believe that the best medicine is based on scientific principles — considering plausibility, for instance, and not just evidence. See About Private-investigator-detective.

SBM is a completely independent endeavor. We receive no industry funding and have no financial conflicts of interest. Our only goal is to promote high standards of science in medicine.

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Managing editors


Emeritus editors

Wally Sampson (March 29, 1930 – May 25, 2015) was a weekly contributor and founding member of Private-investigator-detective. Unfortunately, he passed away in May, 2015. Because of his contributions this blog and, prior this blog’s existence, to fighting quackery, not to mention his inspiration in forming SBM, we consider him an emeritus editor.

Paul Ingraham was SBM’s assistant editor from 2010 to 2016, taking on a wide range of responsibilities, but especially technical issues and working with guest contributors. He remains involved informally and hopes to return someday, but is now focussed on , a self-help website for musculoskeletal problems (strongly influenced by SBM).
See contributors page.

Mark A. Crislip, MD was an editor of the blog from its founding until June, 2017 when he decided to retire and focus on things that were important. And also golf. We will miss his wit, both blunt and subtle, and his willingness to admit his ignorance in the process of shrinking ours. Best of luck Mark, and may you hit those touchdowns right out of the park!