Saturday, August 8, 2009

Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

Book about what is real science and what is not, and especially how to interpret scientific studies. Debunks many pseudo-scientific treatments, among others homeopathy. Contains very severe criticism against antioxidant treatments, and some hair raising details about Durham fish oil ”studies”, and about several vocal nutrition ”experts” in UK with PhDs bought from internet, who spread their venom through ”scientific studies” published on evening magazines, and also about MRSA testing by ”expert” working in a garden shed in his back yard. He also has something to say about medical companies and their sometimes questionable practises, and the last part of the book criticizes British science journalists and especially MMR vaccination hoax. Extremely well written and interesting book which is warmly recommended for everyone. One of the best books I have read in a long time. *****
338 pp.

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