Ben Goldacre’s wise and witty bestseller, shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, lifts the lid on quack doctors, flaky statistics, scaremongering journalists and evil pharmaceutical corporations.
Since 2003 Dr Ben Goldacre has been exposing dodgy medical data in his popular Guardian column. In this eye-opening book he takes on the MMR hoax and misleading cosmetics ads, a...more
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Edit - I have edited the review as the book is now available in the US. Truly a worthwhile read, one up for us against big Pharma!
Until recently this book was not available in the US as books that attack big Pharma, alternative medicine gurus (especially the tv variety) and sacred cows like the MMR-Autism myth get sued just to stop publication even if there is no hope of winning the suit.
This is an important book and illuminates the part the media plays in the dissemination of info ...more
But the good news is that one doesn't need to be a PROFESSIONAL scientist in order to get to the truth of an issue, but one just has to have the kind of critical thinking that a good scientist applies. After all 87.3% of people know that 77% of statistics can be made to sh ...more
Unfortunately, there is an awful lot of crap science out there. So Goldacre does his best to educate people about how to tell the difference between the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Along the way, he entertainingly uses the usual suspects of homeopathy and foot detox baths to illustrate his points. But he als ...more
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Onward to the review.
Ben Goodacre is the sworn foe of all modern-day medical mo ...more
As Goldacre so aptly shows, numbers can easily lie, especially when blasted on headl ...more
Bad Science is an excellent book about how to approach news articles about scientific papers. He goes over what flaws to look out for in the studies themselves, as well as the common ways journalists completely screw up reporting about subjects they don't always understand. In particular, he focuses a lot on homeopathy and the MMR autism link (which doesn't actually exist), both of which he destroys.
The takeaways f ...more
Goldacre insists that this should ...more
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The author, Dr. Ben Goldacre, skewers alternative medicine quack jobs, data dithering drug researchers, scare mongering journalists, pinheaded politicians, and simple minded celebrities who would all gleefully sell us horse manure if we were willing to buy it.
And he does it with a flair for making the confusing understandable as well as entertaining.
Read this book and yo ...more
Covering everything from CAM (including chiropractic and homeopathy) to vaccinations to self-proclaimed "TV professors" (like Gillian McKeith) to the pros & cons of the pharmaceutica ...more
Last week I was in the mood to read some non-fiction so went to the shelves of one of my goodreads friends and made a list of her 5 star health and science books. Armed with that,I found several of those books at the library and have been ...more
The only problem with this book, and why I only ga ...more
Autors „slikto zinātni” apskata no mediķa skatu punkta. Pamatota kritika tiek veltīta homeopātiem, pārtikas piedevu tirgotājiem, brīnumzāļu pārdevējiem, lielo farmācijas kompāniju mārketinga ...more
However, people don't have the time for a lot of this, and when you're offered a glimmer of hope people tend to take it. The placebo effect is explored here and he does admit that it works ...more
I'd like to quote; 'The true cost of sth , as the Economist says, 'is what you give up to get it.
So much loss of money, health resources on to get rid of superstitious accusations, belief , bullshitters.
The anti ...more
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Goldacre's focus, not surprisingly, is the form of bad science that that thrives so riotously in the field of medicine and health -- including everything from homeopathy to food supplements to anti-vaccination nuttiness to Brain Gym. Common to all these forms of bad science is an aversi ...more
What I liked about this book was the mes ...more
This book provides a wonderful insight into how skewed our understanding of science has gotten. How we've been craving simple solutions and falling for bogus ideas, which have not been based in any substantial research and evidence. It also provides an insight into , how much the media craves sensations that it is willing to report dubious and very selective research thus creating media scares, which actually harm people.
The most appallin ...more
I've been a fan of the Bad Science column in The Guardian for years and the only reason I didn't snap this book up sooner was that I thought it might simply recycle those columns. Nothing could be further from the truth and I will be urging everyone who's anyone to read the book at the earliest opportunity.
There isn't anything in the book which doesn't leap off the page, but here are some favourite bits:
"The nove ...more
تطرق المؤلف للكثير من الادعاءات مثل ارتباط التطعيم الثلاثي بمرض التوحد و وجود مرض الإيدز الذي أنكره رئيس جنوب أفريقيا و ادعاءات خبراء التغذية في إطالة الحياة.
يستطيع أي متمكن من كتابة مثل ...more
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“I spend a lot of time talking to people who disagree with me - I would go so far as to say that it's my favourite leisure activity.”I'm an avid fan of More or Less , the popular statistics radio programme on BBC Radio, and I always enjoy Ben Goldacre's appearances on the show. At one point, I remember Tim Hartford introducing him as something like "the perennially angry Guardian columnist," to which Goldacre responded, "I am not perennially angry!" or similar. He got quite heated about it, muc ...more
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Goldacre is the son of Michael Goldacre, professor of public health at the University of Oxford, the nephew of science journalist Robyn Williams, and the great-great-grandson of Sir ...more