Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks

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McClelland & Stewart, Oct 12, 2010 - Science - 304 pages
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The informative and witty expose of the "bad science" we are all subjected to, called "one of the essential reads of the year" by New Scientist.

We are obsessed with our health. And yet — from the media's "world-expert microbiologist" with a mail-order Ph.D. in his garden shed laboratory, and via multiple health scares and miracle cures — we are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory, and sometimes even misleading information. Until now. Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the questionable science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases, and missed opportunities of our time, but he also goes further: out of the bullshit, he shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.


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As a professor of biology who tries to teach my students a healthy skepticism of science in the media I really appreciate that this book was written and so well received by the general public. I think ... Read full review

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Every once and a while I read a book and think "I should buy this for everyone I know..." This is one of those books. But unlike some of those books, this book is not long and is written to the ... Read full review

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Contents

Brain Gym
15
The Progenium XY Complex
23
Homeopathy
30
The Placebo Effect
65
The Nonsense du our
87
Nutritionists
131
Is Mainstream Medicine Evil?
147
Whyi Clever People Believe Stupid Things
172
Bad Stats
186
The llediais MMR Hoax
253
Notes
259
Further Reading and Acln0wlcdgmcnts
270
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BEN GOLDACRE is an award-winning writer, broadcaster, and medical doctor who specialises in unpicking dodgy scientific claims made by scaremongering journalists, dodgy government reports, evil pharmaceutical corporations, PR companies, and quacks. He has written a weekly "Bad Science" column in the Guardian since 2003, and has made acclaimed documentaries for BBC Radio, including "The Placebo Effect" and "The Rise of the Lifestyle Nutritionists." Trained in Oxford and London, with brief forays into academia, he is thirty-five and works full-time as a medical doctor in London.


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