Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks

Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks

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By (author) Ben Goldacre, Narrator Michael Page, Narrator Jonathan Cowley

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 173mm x 25mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 4 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1452635897
  • ISBN 13: 9781452635897
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged library ed

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Have you ever wondered how one day the media can assert that alcohol is bad for us and the next unashamedly run a story touting the benefits of daily alcohol consumption? Or how a drug that is pulled off the market for causing heart attacks ever got approved in the first place? How can average readers, who aren't medical doctors or Ph.D.s in biochemistry, tell what they should be paying attention to and what's, well, just more bullshit? 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 to teach you how to evaluate placebo effects, double-blind studies, and sample sizes, so that you can recognize bad science when you see it. You're about to feel a whole lot better.

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Ben Goldacre is a doctor and science writer who has written the "Bad Science" column in the "Guardian" since 2003. Jonathan Cowley is a British actor whose recording of "The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise" by Julia Stuart earned him an "AudioFile" Earphones Award. He has narrated many audiobooks as well as film trailers and documentaries on both sides of the Atlantic.

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"Great fun for science and statistics geeks, this is challenging in the best sense of the word." ---Library Journal