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Statins are the single most commonly prescribed class of drugs in the whole of the developed world. They're taken by over 100 million people, with millions more patients being offered them every year. We know that statins do some good. But we don't know how big the benefits are. We don't know which is the best. We don't how common the side effects are. We don't give clear information to patients, so they are deprived of their right to make informed decisions about the trade-off between benefits, inconvenience, and risk. All this can be fixed, with a few simple changes that weld big data onto the heart and art of medicine.
From the review of 'I Think You'll Find It's More Complicated Than That':
'In a busy world where most of us believe what we're told, the science writer Goldacre looks behind the quackery. Science is squabble, he says ... In short, everything you take at face value is wrong. Maybe even this review: now read Ben.'
From the reviews of 'Bad Science':
'For sheer savagery, the illusion-destroying, joyous attack on the self-regarding, know-nothing orthodoxies of the modern middle classes, Bad Science can not be beaten. You'll laugh your head off, then throw all those expensive health foods in the bin.'
Trevor Philips, Observer (Book of the Year)
'Unmissable ... enormously enjoyable.'
The Times (Book of the Year)
From the reviews of 'Bad Pharma':
'This is a book to make you enraged - properly, bone-shakingly furious...A work of brilliance.'
'An important book. Ben Goldacre is angry, and by the time you put 'Bad Pharma'
down, you should be too.' New Statesman
Publication date: 05/05/2016
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||5th May 2016|
|Publisher:||Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Lifestyle & Health, Popular Science,|
|Categories:||Popular medicine & health,|
Dr Ben Goldacre is the author of the 'Bad Science' column in the 'Guardian' ? one of the most popular columns in the newspaper. During the past three years it has become one of the most popular columns in the paper, receiving hundreds of emails every week with tip-offs for stories. He studied Medicine at Oxford. He is 34 and now works full time for the NHS as an academic and hospital doctor, seeing patients and explaining difficult ideas to difficult people. Ben also appears regularly on TV and radio commenting on cosmetics, adverts, scares and alternative therapies.More About Ben Goldacre