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Bad Science (Paperback): Ben Goldacre Bad Science (Paperback)
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R306 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R102 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Ben Goldacre's wise and witty bestseller, shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, lifts the lid on quack doctors, flaky statistics, scaremongering journalists and evil pharmaceutical corporations. Since 2003 Dr Ben Goldacre has been exposing dodgy medical data in his popular Guardian column. In this eye-opening book he takes on the MMR hoax and misleading cosmetics ads, acupuncture and homeopathy, vitamins and mankind's vexed relationship with all manner of 'toxins'. Along the way, the self-confessed 'Johnny Ball cum Witchfinder General' performs a successful detox on a Barbie doll, sees his dead cat become a certified nutritionist and probes the supposed medical qualifications of 'Dr' Gillian McKeith. Full spleen and satire, Ben Goldacre takes us on a hilarious, invigorating and ultimately alarming journey through the bad science we are fed daily by hacks and quacks.

Bad Pharma - How Medicine is Broken, and How We Can Fix it (Paperback): Ben Goldacre Bad Pharma - How Medicine is Broken, and How We Can Fix it (Paperback)
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R315 R214 Discovery Miles 2 140 Save R101 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Bad Science' hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science, becoming a 400,000 copy bestseller. Now Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess. Doctors and patients need good scientific evidence to make informed decisions. But instead, companies run bad trials on their own drugs, which distort and exaggerate the benefits by design. When these trials produce unflattering results, the data is simply buried. All of this is perfectly legal. In fact, even government regulators withhold vitally important data from the people who need it most. Doctors and patient groups have stood by too, and failed to protect us. Instead, they take money and favours, in a world so fractured that medics and nurses are now educated by the drugs industry. The result: patients are harmed in huge numbers. Ben Goldacre is Britain's finest writer on the science behind medicine, and 'Bad Pharma' is the book that finally prompted Parliament to ask why all trial results aren't made publicly available - this edition has been updated with the latest news from the select committee hearings. Let the witty and indefatigable Goldacre show you how medicine went wrong, and what you can do to mend it.

I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That (Paperback): Ben Goldacre I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That (Paperback)
Ben Goldacre
R271 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R60 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The very best journalism from one of Britain's most admired and outspoken science writers, author of the bestselling Bad Science and Bad Pharma. In Bad Science, Ben Goldacre hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science. In Bad Pharma, he put the $600 billion global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. Now the pick of the journalism by one of our wittiiest, most indignant and most fearless commentators on the worlds of medicine and science is collected in one volume.

Bad Pharma - How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients (Paperback): Ben Goldacre Bad Pharma - How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients (Paperback)
Ben Goldacre
R436 R368 Discovery Miles 3 680 Save R68 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Smart, funny, clear, unflinching: Ben Goldacre is my hero." --Mary Roach, author of "Stiff," "Spook," and "Bonk
"We 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 these drugs, 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 are too complex to capture in a sound bite. 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 in need of regulation. This is the pharmaceutical industry as it has never been seen before.

Irrationality - The Enemy within (Paperback, 21st anniversary ed): Stuart Sutherland Irrationality - The Enemy within (Paperback, 21st anniversary ed)
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R270 R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Save R43 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

New, 21st anniversary edition, with a new foreword by Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Science and Bad Pharma, and an afterword by James Ball, covering developments in our understanding of irrationality over the last two decades. Why do doctors, army generals, high-ranking government officials and other people in positions of power make bad decisions that cause harm to others? Why do prizes serve no useful function? Why are punishments so ineffective? Why is interviewing such an unsatisfactory method of selection? Irrationality is a challenging and thought-provoking book that draws on statistical concepts, probability theory and a mass of intriguing research to expose the failings of human reasoning, judgement and intuition. The author explores the inconsistencies of human behaviour, and discovers why even the experts find it so hard to make rational and unbiased decisions. Written with clarity and occasional flashes of wry humour, this classic volume is just as relevant today as when it was first written twenty-one years ago.

Testing Treatments - Better Research for Better Healthcare (Paperback, 2nd edition): Imogen Evans, Hazel Thornton, Iain... Testing Treatments - Better Research for Better Healthcare (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Imogen Evans, Hazel Thornton, Iain Chalmers, Paul P Glasziou; Foreword by Ben Goldacre
R266 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R44 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How do we know whether a particular treatment really works? How reliable is the evidence? And how do we ensure that research into medical treatments best meets the needs of patients? These are just a few of the questions addressed in a lively and informative way in Testing Treatments. Brimming with vivid examples, Testing Treatments will inspire both patients and professionals. Building on the success of the first edition, Testing Treatments has now been extensively revised and updated. The Second Edition includes a thought-provoking chapter on screening, explaining why early diagnosis is not always better. Other new chapters explore how over-regulation of research can work against the best interests of patients, and how robust evidence from research can be drawn together to shape the practice of healthcare in ways that allow treatment decisions to be reached jointly by patients and clinicians. Testing Treatments urges everyone to get involved in improving current research and future treatment, and outlines practical steps that patients and doctors can take together.

Bad Science (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition): Ben Goldacre Bad Science (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Ben Goldacre; Read by Rupert Farley
R650 R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Save R128 (20%) Out of stock

Nominated for the Samuel Johnson Prize. We are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory and sometimes misleading information - until now. Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the dubious science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases and missed opportunities of our time. He also shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves. This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60 per cent of the author's work and as low as 30 per cent with characters and plotlines removed.

I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That (Paperback): Ben Goldacre I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That (Paperback)
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R280 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R56 (20%) Out of stock

The very best journalism from one of Britain's most admired and outspoken science writers, author of the bestselling Bad Science and Bad Pharma. In `Bad Science', Ben Goldacre hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science. In `Bad Pharma', he put the $600 billion global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. Now the pick of the journalism by one of our wittiiest, most indignant and most fearless commentators on the worlds of medicine and science is collected in one volume.

Bad Science - Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks (Paperback): Ben Goldacre Bad Science - Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks (Paperback)
Ben Goldacre
R371 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R62 (17%) Out of stock

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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