|aBad science : |bquacks, hacks, and big pharma flacks / |cBen Goldacre.
|aQuacks, hacks, and big pharma flacks.
|a1st American ed.
|aNew York : |bFaber and Faber, |c2010.
|axii, 288 p. : |bill. ; |c21 cm.
|aOriginally published, in different form: London : Fourth Estate, 2008.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. -269) and index.
|aMatter -- Brain gym -- The Progenium XY complex -- Homeopathy -- The Placebo Effect -- The nonsense du jour -- Nutritionists -- The doctor will sue you now -- Is mainstream medicine evil -- Why clever people believe stupid things -- Bad stats -- The media's MMR hoax -- And another thing.
|aWhile exposing quack doctors and nutritionists, bogus credentialing programs, and biased scientific studies, the author takes the media to task for its willingness to throw facts and proof out the window in its quest to sell more copies. He also teaches you how to evaluate placebo effects, double-blind studies, and sample size, so that you can recognize bad science when you see it.