How Medicine is Broken, And How We Can Fix It
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Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess. ***Now updated with the latest government responses to the book***
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.
From the reviews of Bad Pharma:
‘This is a book to make you enraged – properly, bone-shakingly furious…A work of brilliance.’ Daily Telegraph
‘An important book. Ben Goldacre is angry, and by the time you put ‘Bad Pharma’ down, you should be too.’ New Statesman
‘A book that deserves to be widely read, because anyone who does read it cannot help feeling both uncomfortable and angry.’ Economist
About the author
Ben Goldacre is a doctor, writer, broadcaster and academic who specialises in unpicking dodgy scientific claims from drug companies, newspapers, government reports, PR people and quacks. His first book, Bad Science, reached Number One in the non-fiction charts, sold over 400,000 copies in the UK alone, and has been translated into 25 languages. He is 38 and lives in London.
A book with potential to change the world
Impeccably referenced, fair and honest with data that doesn't support his views, surgically precise with the data which does, this book is the epitome of rational thought and correctly applied scientific method.
It's also a complex subject turned into an easy read by the judicious use of fascinating examples, described fully enough to satisfy the academic or medical professional yet clearly enough for the layperson.
Moreover, through spreading the central message, sledgehammered home with surgical precision, this book might just succeed in its ambition to be a book that changes the world - or at least helps the process of change along disproportionately well compared to progress so far. It can only do this, though, if you read it.
Ben, you're an absolute diamond.
My goodness riveting, this had me reaching for the valium.