I think the title says it all. Perfect!


Whoever wrote the book sure knows her potential readers!


  1. #1 Barry Leiba
    September 30, 2007

    On the other hand, a friend of mine has a copy of “Chemotherapy & Radiation for Dummies“, so be careful what you make fun of. 🙂 There’s a “for Dummies” book for everything you can imagine. Maybe we should write “Writing ‘for Dummies’ Books for Dummies”?

  2. #2 Watt de Fawke
    September 30, 2007

    My suggestion: Homeopathic Dilution and Succussion for the Terminally Stupid

    Actually funnier: http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/

    See the title:

  3. #3 PlanetaryGear
    September 30, 2007

    but it’s all trumped by The Complete Idiot’s Guide for Dummies…


  4. #4 Joe
    September 30, 2007

    One must be cautious about a book on Chemotherapy and Radiation if it is published by the same goofs who have books on reiki. Their books on software are quite useful.

  5. #5 Crosius
    September 30, 2007

    I think it’s a misprint. They clearly forgot to include the word “IS” in that title.

    Come to think of it, if the “For Dummies” publisher is going to do a set of books on alternative medicine, perhaps someone should print up a lot of little black stickers with the word “IS” printed on them in yellow.

    Sufficiently responsible persons could then adjust the title to reflect the contents.

  6. #6 Amy Alkon
    September 30, 2007

    I’m waiting for Reiki car repair, where they wave their hands over the problem area and people pay them $500.

  7. #7 Thony C.
    September 30, 2007

    I’m waiting for Reiki car repair, where they wave their hands over the problem area and people pay them $500.

    No! That’s just your local neighbourhood car mechanic.

  8. #8 Chris
    September 30, 2007

    One of the most appalling things I’ve seen at Barnes and Noble is a display on the side of the shelves that had new medical/medicine books were one of Kevin Trudeau’s Natural Cure books happened to be on the display.

  9. #9 Warren
    October 1, 2007

    Not perfect; actually, the title is redundant.

    Though there is some demi-poetic ambiguity in whether the “for dummies” part is meant to refer to the “practitioner” of reiki, the recipient … or both.

  10. #10 David Tyler
    October 1, 2007

    You definitly need this book in your library right next to Feng Shui for Dummies.

  11. #11 isles
    October 1, 2007

    I’m starting to think that the only way to deal with my irritation at people who fall for reiki, homeopathy, cranial sacral therapy, and the like is to set up shop doing these things and start taking their money in large chunks. I know I’ll feel better, and if they don’t, they just need to see me twice as frequently.

  12. #12 Marc B
    October 2, 2007

    On a semi-related note, the local bookstore in the area I grew up would have put this book on their shelf labeled “Science & Occult”.

  13. #14 Lauren
    October 5, 2007

    Why are you dummies being such assholes about Reiki? Live and let live. At least they’re TRYING to help someone, not snarking soullessly on a worthless blog.

  14. #15 Orac
    October 6, 2007

    Because reiki postulates an incredibly unlikely and dubious mechanism of action?

    Because there’s no evidence that it works?

    As for your comment about their “trying to help someone,” would you say the same thing about a well-meaning conventional doctor whose use of long-abandoned therapies from the realm of scientific medicine was at best ineffective and at worst prevented his patients from getting therapy known to be effective?

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