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ISBN13: 9780865479180
ISBN10: 0865479186
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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 arent medical doctors or Ph.D.s in biochemistry, tell what they should be paying attention to and whats, 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 hes not here just to tell you whats 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. Youre about to feel a whole lot better.

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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 this M.D. and formidable investigative journalist brings his eye-popping insistence on rigorous science to this side of the Atlantic. There's plenty to debunk, like the detox footbaths that turn brown whether your feet are in them or not. Or the homeopathic remedies that are no more effective than placebos (i.e., sugar pills). Goldacre's on to Big Pharma as well, skewering the industry's manipulation of statistics and suppression of negative results in clinical trials. The media take their hits as well for fueling the scare over the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine's link to autism--a link that researchers have definitively debunked. And there's hell to pay for the growing legion of nutritionists and the lucrative nutritional supplement business, which come under Goldacre's special derision as 'The Nonsense Du Jour' and 'intellectual crimes.' Not that Goldacre's always so solemn or scolding. His ongoing battle with Brit nutritionist Gillian McKeith is both unsettling and an amusing illustration of how simple it is to pull back the curtain on the wizard of Oz. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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Taking aim at quack doctors and nutritionists, bogus credentialing programs, and biased scientific studies, Goldacre takes on America and its bad science, in this revised version of his runaway UK bestseller.

About the Author

Ben Goldacre is a writer, broadcaster, and doctor best known for the Bad Science column in The Guardian. Trained in Oxford and London, with brief forays into academia, Goldacre works full-time for the National Health Service.

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DANE, August 29, 2015 (view all comments by DANE)
At a time when pseudoscience, "alternative remedies" and all things "woo" seem to be growing in popularity, Ben Goldacre's "Bad Science" is a breath of fresh air. Topics include the ridiculousness of homeopathy, the shameful origins of the current anti-vax movement and the dangers of accepting "stats" at face value. The chapter on "nutritionists" was especially enlightening and by the end of it you'll be warning all your friends to steer clear of that particular group of "experts". (and as a bonus you'll learn some of the horrifying practices one particularly famous cereal-inventing nutritionist came up with!)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780865479180
Author:
Goldacre, Ben
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
Subject:
Life Sciences - General
Subject:
Health Care Issues
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
General
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes Notes, Further Reading, and an
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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 this M.D. and formidable investigative journalist brings his eye-popping insistence on rigorous science to this side of the Atlantic. There's plenty to debunk, like the detox footbaths that turn brown whether your feet are in them or not. Or the homeopathic remedies that are no more effective than placebos (i.e., sugar pills). Goldacre's on to Big Pharma as well, skewering the industry's manipulation of statistics and suppression of negative results in clinical trials. The media take their hits as well for fueling the scare over the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine's link to autism--a link that researchers have definitively debunked. And there's hell to pay for the growing legion of nutritionists and the lucrative nutritional supplement business, which come under Goldacre's special derision as 'The Nonsense Du Jour' and 'intellectual crimes.' Not that Goldacre's always so solemn or scolding. His ongoing battle with Brit nutritionist Gillian McKeith is both unsettling and an amusing illustration of how simple it is to pull back the curtain on the wizard of Oz. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , Taking aim at quack doctors and nutritionists, bogus credentialing programs, and biased scientific studies, Goldacre takes on America and its bad science, in this revised version of his runaway UK bestseller.
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