Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks Hardcover – Oct 12 2010
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"For sheer savagery, the illusion-destroying, joyous attack on the self-regarding, know-nothing orthodoxies of the modern middle classes, Bad Science can not be beaten. You'll laugh your head off, then throw all those expensive health foods in the bin."
— The Observer (U.K.)
"One of the essential reads of the year."
— New Scientist
"If you were to pick up just one non-fiction book this year, you'd do well to make it this one."
— Daily Mail
"Thousands of books are enjoyable; many are enlightening; only a very few will ever rate as necessary to social health. This is one of them."
— The Independent
"It should be on the national curriculum."
— Time Out (five stars)
About the Author
BEN GOLDACRE is an award-winning writer, broadcaster, and medical doctor who specialises in unpicking dodgy scientific claims made by scaremongering journalists, dodgy government reports, evil pharmaceutical corporations, PR companies, and quacks. He has written a weekly "Bad Science" column in the Guardian since 2003, and has made acclaimed documentaries for BBC Radio, including "The Placebo Effect" and "The Rise of the Lifestyle Nutritionists." Trained in Oxford and London, with brief forays into academia, he is thirty-five and works full-time as a medical doctor in London.See all Product Description
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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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This is a must read for anyone who wants to cut through the sensationalist crap about health published in our newspapers. Clearly & humorously written. Read morePublished on May 24 2011 by drugskeptic
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.Published on Jan. 14 2011 by Philip J. Black