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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (1600)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865479186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865479180
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #232,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Poirier TOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 12 2010
Format: Hardcover
Despite its rather broad-sounding title, the "bad science" is really science associated with the health, nutrition and medical fields. The author, a physician and strong advocate of evidence-based medicine, guides the reader through what constitutes careful research and diligent analysis and interpretation of results. He points out the many pitfalls that even the most conscientious researchers can unwittingly fall into. But mainly he also discusses various tricks that less than honest researchers - those usually with a vested interest in some specific outcome of the experiments/research (e.g., some alternative medicine practitioners, some pharmaceutical companies, some nutritionists, even some physicians, etc.) - will use to promote their ideologies, products, etc., even when these have been proven worthless by honest, careful researchers. Carl Sagan's view that "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" features prominently throughout this book.

This author is not afraid to express his views - especially when sloppy research and/or dishonesty is involved. His prose is quite lively, authoritative, friendly, often witty and fast-paced. Anyone interested in the use and abuse of science should thoroughly enjoy this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gem Newman on Oct. 12 2010
Format: Hardcover
I read this book several years ago, after ordering it from amazon.co.uk, and am very pleased that it's coming to North America. Although many of the examples used will be UK-specific, and thus perhaps unfamiliar to readers, the content remains very pertinent. Science and skepticism are sorely needed everywhere, but most especially in the field of medicine. In this book Dr. Ben Goldacre provides us with a wonderful primer on evaluating claims made in this most important of areas.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia Prozorova on Nov. 13 2010
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I was absolutely thrilled to learn about the medical as well as pseudo-medical practices in this book. "Bad Science" reveals the hidden power of the people to understand science and the importance of sharing this knowledge publicly instead of privatizing it and making money of it. Although at times scientifically challenging, the book gives an insight into the true reasons of poor health such as social inequality. It is really nice to, at last, have an author who treats his readers as equals.
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By Juan on Feb. 21 2013
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The message of the book could have been conveyed in one third of the content. The narrative is awfully padded. The emotionally loaded arguments detracts legitimacy to their credibility. The impact of the messages could have been greater if the arguments had been presented in a more clear and moderate manner.
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