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Named by Amazon as one of the Best Nonfiction Books of the Month.

American taxpayers spend $30 billion annually funding biomedical research, but over half of these studies can't be replicated due to poor experimental design, improper methods, and sloppy statistics. Bad science doesn't just hold back medical progress, it can sign the equivalent of a death sentence for terminal patients. In Rigor Mortis, Richard Harris explores these urgent issues with vivid anecdotes, personal stories, and interviews with the top biomedical researchers. We need to fix our dysfunctional biomedical system - before it's too late.

©2017 Richard F. Harris (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Rigor Mortis effectively illustrates what can happen when a convergence of social, cultural, and scientific forces...conspires to create a real crisis of confidence in the research process."(Science)
"Harris makes a strong case that the biomedical research culture is seriously in need of repair." (Nature)
"A rewarding read for anyone who wants to know the unvarnished truth about how science really gets done." (Financial Times)

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i love books that give you an insiders understanding of things

most medical research is bs. the studies are poor and often wrong. the dishonest is so pervasive it is mind boggling. this is not just limited to research, but pervades medicine in general. as an outsider it is possible to see that problems exist, but not the true nature or extent of the problem. this book gives the reader an understanding of the dimension of the problem and it’s cause. a really great book.

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Great and unsettling

Sad but true. Wonderful insight to the inner workings of scientific research today. Great read for those in or around research.