Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks

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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. He has also taken the media to task for its willingness to throw facts and proof out the window. 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 sizes, so that you can recognize bad science when you see it. You’re about to feel a whole lot better.
 

About Ben Goldacre

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Ben Goldacre is a doctor and science writer who has written the "Bad Science" column in the Guardian since 2003. He lives in London. Jonathan Cowley is a British actor hailing from Eastbourne, East Sussex, but he currently calls Los Angeles home. He received AudioFile Earphones Awards for his narration of The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen and The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart. He has narrated many audiobooks and can also be heard on both sides of the Atlantic narrating film trailers and documentaries.
 
Published October 12, 2010 by Faber & Faber. 304 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Science & Math, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction

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The author writes the weekly “Bad Science” column for The Guardian, which, like the book, is intended to help people “who are angry about the evils of the pharmaceutical industry and nervous about the role of profit in health care.” While his dismissal of concerns about the use of MMR vaccine—an ...

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The Guardian

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26 Feb 2010: Drug ads that don't back up their claims show how dumb doctors can be about evidence and how lax regulation has become ...

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Bad Science by Ben Goldacre Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Guardian columnist Ben Goldacre needs no introduction here, and in his b...

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Publishers Weekly

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Goldacre is the acerbic quackbuster who's a thorn in the side of celebrity nutritionists and alternative medicine practitioners in Britain through his Bad Science column in the Guardian. And now thi

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Examiner

To be fair, I almost never read books that aren’t fantasy or science-fiction for the stated purpose of them being depressing, so the fact that I read this book at all was because I think Goldacre has some valuable things to say.

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The Telegraph

There aren't many out-and-out good eggs in British journalism but Ben Goldacre is one of them.

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Suite 101

Pari and FitzGerald's book is a rough draft of what could eventually become a well-informed text for both new and seasoned paranormal investigators.

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The Boston Globe

This time, in “Bad Pharma,’’ Goldacre turns his attention to an issue that has undermined the empirical scientific basis of biomedicine itself: the collusion of pharmaceutical companies, physicians, medical journals, governmental regulatory agencies, and medical schools in hiding and manipulating...

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Socialist Review

Surprisingly, the majority of science correspondents have no training in science, while the bigger a news story, the more likely it is that it will be passed on to a non-specialist journalist with even less understanding of science.

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The Blurb

Ben Goldacre has become Richard Dawkins’ understudy, now that Dawkins is too busy arguing with fundamentalists to write about science any more.

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The Bookbag

If you loved Bad Science, The Tiger That Isn't by Michael Blastland and Andrew Dilnot and How to Read a Novel by John Sutherland do the same for maths and reading as Bad Science does for science.

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