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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 he's not here just to tell you what's wrong. Goldacre is here show more to teach so that you can recognize bad science when you see it. you're about to feel a whole lot better. show less

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The tone is a bit over the top but with good reason, it is a shame that a book like this should even exist because of failure of the press to report on science.

The criticism i would direct to the author is that he almost never goes into numerical details so he does not admit some fundamental problems with scientific truth. Some times results are not black and white, and benefits or damage are acrually complex.

The praise I could not give enough is that he really takes head on so many problems with information, policy, media in health and wellness. For example debunking of anti-oxidants…
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yates9 | 103 other reviews | Feb 28, 2024 |
Even if you are a staunch adherent of homeopathy or one of other practices the author makes exposé of, the book will still prove useful to you, because it teaches (or reiterates) those priceless methods of logic which are some essential in everyday life.
Den85 | 103 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
Pretty good, does exactly what it says on the tin and is written in a pretty informal and entertaining style that makes it a breeze to read. I don't know enough about the subject to comment on stuff he's missed out or anything like that. Would say he's way too optimistic about stuff like transparency as a cure all and doesn't see how much these problems are baked into a capitalist pharmaceutical industry but ah well can't expect everything. I appreciate his suggestions about how to change things - even though they're obviously limited it's at least a start and could inspire people to do good things. More books should have stuff like that. Enjoyable interesting and also horrifying book.… (more)
tombomp | 22 other reviews | Oct 31, 2023 |
At times, I found the good doctor's manner a bit overbearing and holier-than-thou. But perhaps that is simply a sign that this is not the best book to be the first one of his I read. After all, this is a collection of his weekly editorials, and so are meant to be picking the holes in other peoples' arguments or reporting.
Many of his points are spot on, and I overall agreed with most of the points made.
The concluding article "made" it for me, in that it very clearly elucidated his issues with the current methods of reporting science, and why it matters so much to him.… (more)
zizabeph | 8 other reviews | May 7, 2023 |



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