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4.0 out of 5 stars Eye-Opening and Mercilessly Logical
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...
Published on Nov. 12 2010 by G. Poirier

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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a let down.
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye-Opening and Mercilessly Logical, Nov. 12 2010
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G. Poirier (Orleans, ON, Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Excellent, Oct. 12 2010
This review is from: Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Art, Good Science, 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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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a let down., 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read ! ! !, May 24 2011
This is a must read for anyone who wants to cut through the sensationalist crap about health published in our newspapers. Clearly & humorously written. It's a modern day antidote to outing con-artists & correcting friends' spouting on about the latest diet fad or medical miracle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, Jan. 14 2011
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You can skip some chapters if you have some understanding of the scientific method but either way this book is an easy read and a worthwhile one too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scathing and entertaining? I want more!, Jan. 7 2011
This review is from: Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks (Hardcover)
Bad Science is one of the most entertaining books I've read. The fact that it's also informative and fascinating is a bonus. Go. Now. Read this book.
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