Bad Science Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks

ISBN-10: 0865479186
ISBN-13: 9780865479180
Edition: 2010
Authors: Ben Goldacre
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Faber & Faber, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Have you ever wondered how one day the media can assert that alcohol is bad for us and the next unashamedly run a story touting the benefits of daily alcohol consumption? Or how a drug that is pulled off the market for causing heart attacks ever got approved in the first place? How can average readers, who aren't medical doctors or Ph.D.s in biochemistry, tell what they should be paying attention to and what's, well, just more bullshit? Ben Goldacre has made a point of exposing quack doctors and nutritionists, bogus credentialing programs, and biased scientific studies. But he has also taken the media to task for its willingness to throw facts and proof out the window in its quest to sell more copies. Now Goldacre is taking on America and its bad science in this revised version of his runaway U.K. bestseller. But he's not here just to tell you what's wrong. Goldacre is here to teach you how to evaluate placebo effects, double-blind studies, and sample size, so that you can recognize bad science when you see it. You're about to feel a whole lot better.

Preface
Matter
Brain Gym
The Progenium XY Complex
Homeopathy
The Placebo Effect
The Nonsense du Jour
Nutritionists
The Doctor Will Sue You Now
Is Mainstream Medicine Evil?
Why Clever People Believe Stupid Things
Bad Stats
The Media's MMR Hoax
And Another Thing
Notes
Further Reading and Acknowledgments
Index

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