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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8,614 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Goldacre Narrator: Jonathan Cowley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Author Ben Goldacre exposes the epidemic of pseudoscience and gives listeners the tools they need to distinguish good science from nonsense.

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 PhDs in biochemistry, tell what they should be paying attention to and what’s, well, just more bullh*t?

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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Great fun for science and statistics geeks, this is challenging in the best sense of the word.”

    Library Journal

  • “One of the best books I’ve ever read. It completely changed the way I saw the world. And I actually mean it.”

    Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist

  • “Narrator Jonathan Cowley’s British accent and ironic twist to his voice is perfectly suited to Dr. Goldacre’s Bad Medicine. One can easily picture him in a book-lined office going through his pile of notes or making a speech to appreciative crowds wearing a lab coat.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Dansage | 2/9/2014

    " While the author proposes some interesting ideas and self studies to bunk common fads and fake claims made by advertisers, he does it in such a way to try and prove that others are idiots and less enlightened than himself. He spends an equal of time convincing you of his intellectual elitism as he does on the actual topics. The book was too negative for me and left me feeling cynical. The same material, while interesting, could have been presented in a more positive and enlightening way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Daniel Salfrán | 2/8/2014

    " Very amusing, surprising how people can be so stupid. Because of this book I'm a follower of Goldacre column and blog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Swardlaw | 2/3/2014

    " A really interesting book - but very hard going. Far too much self- justification and self-promotion. Which is a shame because it's an important topic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by MC | 1/20/2014

    " I don't know how anyone can follow this book. I was really intrigued by the topic and hoped for a few ah-ha moments but after the brief digression about Kellog's theories on "self-abuse" I had to put it down. It was liked reading the first draft of a blog post: meandering, rant-filled and with unfinished thoughts (bringing up Vitamin C and claims of assisting the the immune system, then promptly dropping the topic). Unless you've completely forgotten everything from Psych 101 and biology, move on. "

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About the Author
Author Ben Goldacre

Ben Goldacre is a doctor and science writer who has written the “Bad Science” column in the Guardian since 2003. He lives in London.