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    DescriptionWe like to imagine that medicine is based on evidence and the results of fair testing and clinical trials. In reality, those tests and trials are often profoundly flawed. We like to imagine that doctors who write prescriptions for everything from antidepressants to cancer drugs to heart medication are familiar with the research literature about a drug, when in reality much of the research is hidden from them by drug companies. We like to imagine that doctors are impartially educated, when in reality much of their education is funded by the pharmaceutical industry. We like to imagine that regulators have some code of ethics and let only effective drugs onto the market, when in reality they approve useless drugs, with data on side effects casually withheld from doctors and patients. All these problems have been shielded from public scrutiny because they're too complex to capture in a sound bite. But Ben Goldacre shows that the true scale of this murderous disaster fully reveals itself only when the details are untangled. He believes we should all be able to understand precisely how data manipulation works and how research misconduct in the medical industry affects us on a global scale. With Goldacre's characteristic flair and a forensic attention to detail, Bad Pharma reveals a shockingly broken system and calls for regulation. This is the pharmaceutical industry as it has never been seen before.


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    Title
    Bad Pharma
    Subtitle
    How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ben Goldacre
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 426
    Width: 149 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 39 mm
    Weight: 549 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780865478008
    ISBN 10: 0865478007
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: HEA
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T9.0
    Ingram Subject Code: HL
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PS
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16700
    BIC subject category V2: VFD
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Libri: I-HL
    B&T Approval Code: A68200000, A65303000
    BISAC V2.8: MED071000, MED050000, SCI086000, SCI043000, HEA028000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A68207500
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 615.10724
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC21: 615.10724
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC22: 615.1072/4
    LC classification: RM301.27 .G65 2013
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    FABER & FABER
    Publication date
    05 February 2013
    Author Information
    Ben Goldacre is a doctor and writer. His first book "Bad Science" was an international bestseller, and has been translated into twenty-five languages. He is thirty-eight and lives in London.
    Review quote
    "Slightly technical, eminently readable, consistently shocking, occasionally hectoring and unapologetically polemical. . . .This is a book that deserves to be widely read, because anyone who does read it cannot help feeling both uncomfortable and angry." --"The Economist""Ben Goldacre has done it again. . . . This is a morbidly fascinating and dispiriting account, yet one which deserves (and needs) to be read and acted upon without delay." --Dennis Rosen, "The Boston Globe""Read this book. It will make you mad, it will make you scared. And, hopefully, it will bring about some change." --Chris Lee, "Ars Technica""A thorough piece of investigative medical journalism. What keeps you turning its pages is the accessibility of Goldacre's writing, . . . his genuine, indignant passion, his careful gathering of evidence and his use of stories, some of them personal, which bring the book to life." --Luisa Dillner, "The Guardian""Goldacre's research is scrupulous, and lay readers may find themselves converted by his geeky ardor." --"The New Yorker""[A]n eye-opening glance into a world of experts who have failed us." --"The New York Times Book Review""In this searing expose of the pharmaceutical industry, physician and journalist Goldacre uncovers a cesspool of corrupt practices designed to sell useless or dangerous drugs to an unsuspecting public . . . Goldacre conveys complicated scientific, medical, and ethical issues in simple, clear, plainspoken language that pulls no punches. The result is a smart, infuriating diagnosis of the rotten heart of the medical-industrial complex." --"Publishers Weekly""A useful guide for policymakers, doctors and the patients who need protection against deliberate disinformation." --"Kirkus Reviews""Goldacre's essential expose will prompt readers to ask more questions before automatically popping a doctor-prescribed pill." --Karen Springen, "Booklist"Praise for "Bad Science ""Smart, funny, clear, unflinching: Ben Goldacre is my he