Bad Science Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks
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Description: 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Faber & Faber, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
|The Progenium XY Complex|
|The Placebo Effect|
|The Nonsense du Jour|
|The Doctor Will Sue You Now|
|Is Mainstream Medicine Evil?|
|Why Clever People Believe Stupid Things|
|The Media's MMR Hoax|
|And Another Thing|
|Further Reading and Acknowledgments|