We are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory and sometimes misleading information - until now.
Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the dubious science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases, and missed opportunities of our time. He also shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.
©2008 Ben Goldacre (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd
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"Excellent, humorous and well presented descriptions of the pseudo science popularised by the media"
Excellent, humorous and well presented descriptions of the pseudo science popularised by the media
Health, nutrition, medicine.
Superbly informative, passionately written and well-constructed arguments and easily understood provision of evidence. Brilliant stuff!
"This should be compulsory reading for schools."
This is the sort of book that teenagers should be givien to read. Do it as a clinical trial, three years of compulsory reading and see how well adjusted, evidence based and critically thinking our society would become.
No more water wizards, pedalling their homeopathy nonsense. Children vaccinated. An end to the mountains of horseback*t, printed in newspapers daily... I can only dream
"Weird science and wacky woo"
Goldacre's take on this is spot on and he is right to challenge bad science as it is wasting a lot of people's time and worse in some cases, causing a health hazard as with MMR. The narration of the book is good and the voiceover becomes more appealing as the book moves on. I thought that too many points were laboured and some points a little trivial including the PR stuff pushed on reporters. How many people take notice of those silly little 8 out of 10 stories that take up a couple of column inches in a newspaper? Maybe some people do but I think people have generally more intelligence than to take such quirky stories seriously. Many chapters could have been shortened. After it's been established that someone is obviously a quack there's no need to keep hammering the point home. Overall it's an informative read, especially the serious stuff on the pharmacutical industry. Well worth a listen!
This is an interesting book. Gives an insight into some of the bad things in science. When I was young we were given milk at school as it was "good for us". Then later they told us it was "not so good for us". Now it is "good for us" again. This is the trouble with science. It is only as good as the day it is written and this book shows that.
"Interesting but quite aggresive"
No, its interesting but because it is telling you about fallicies used by various people it is quite negative. I also disagree with calling it bad science rather than bad medicine as that is the primary focus of this book.
The narration was quite aggresive but I suppose that matches the tone of the book.
Really boring the same points are gone over and over and comes off more a a vendetta type rant against a few people who may be unsavory but it's hard to tell.
hard to say not much to do with the text
the odd interesting section, not enough of them
While perhaps not quite as disturbing Bad Pharma (which is a brilliant and important book - even better than this one!) this is a witty and insightful look at the way science is misrepresented, misunderstood and frequently just ignored in science news stories and elsewhere.
If you don't already know this stuff then this book will equip you to better deal with the world in general and to see through the nonsense peddled by those with vested interests (the media, snake oil salesmen etc) and to understand where and what the good science is, and to spot the bad or misrepresented.
I honestly cannot recommend this enough.
"Interesting and Funny"
yes, it's so interesting and good things in there that you should know. it would stop some people buying fads
Hope candles are silly. My mum had it and thought it worked, but it was all a lie!
good voice, pronunciation and he made it sound interesting and made me laugh
i started reading the hard copy but never got round to finishing it. glad i got this as it had some great info in there and changed how i see a lot of things. it was v interesting and informal but it was so funny at the same time. i love audiobooks, they give me the flexibility to get into a good book
"A must listen."
No, in fact a few statements in this book make you pull yourself away and really think about how the world works. It is so well presented that often it made me angry with what people get away with. I had to sit down a few times and just cool off before the next listening session.
This was a really enjoyable book, a must read for everyone. It helps you to re-evaluate what you see and hear. It helped me get angry, in a good way.
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