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Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks
     

Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks

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by Ben Goldacre
 

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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

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Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book repeats the same ideas over and over, so much, that at times I thought I was reading a few pages back. It has the value of introducing science to realms where science is needed, but the same ideas could had been said with elegance in a much smaller format (but maybe this would not have ended as a book). The style was also not of my liking either. This is the first time I came across a work of this author, I can imagine him as an entertaining, engaging speaker, probably controversial, but engaging nonetheless. However, I have the impression that he literally translated what he was thinking, like he were addressing an audience, straight to writing, and the outcome is not good. Some phrases are just too long, pretending to be humorous they verge to the point of ridiculousness. Interesting book, some segments are valuable but repetitious and of a style that some will enjoy, but many will not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great review of the story behind the junk science and overt lies told by the news media and quacks which form the false basis for several curent popular and dangerous medical trends, such as not giving children thier shots. It also explanes how well intentioned medial groups get the data wrong about effectivity and dangers of drugs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jumped around a lot.
JMagnus More than 1 year ago
Excellent, entertaining, no nonsense voice for science that's actually fun to read.
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