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Bad Pharma - Ben Goldacre - Kindle Edition - £1.49 @ Amazon

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There's a review here which sums it up pretty nicely (http://www.economist.com/node/21563689). It's hard to call a book life changing (given that different books affect different people in differen… Read More
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There's a review here which sums it up pretty nicely (http://www.economist.com/node/21563689).

It's hard to call a book life changing (given that different books affect different people in different ways) but it definitely gives food for thought and along with Nick Davies' Flat Earth News, is a book I think about a lot in my day to day life.
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Thanks op looking forward to this after reading Bad Science earlier this year.
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Pharma guys think they're untouchable, they're like bankers, with the oversight bodies full of shills that also work or have worked in the private Pharma Co's. Profit and health have no place together, and the most worrying aspect of it all now is that people are so brainwashed that they parrot nonsense such as that they believe we couldn't have medical or pharmacological advances without the profiteering. As if it's the investors that do the R&D. Absurd.
#3
Excellent, thanks OP. I thought 'Bad Science' was excellent and have been meaning to reas this for ages. What I loved about 'Bad Science' was how accessible it was for someone without much knowledge of medicine, but its not in the least bit patronising.

New Year read - sorted!
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I loved bad science, but I'm halfway through bad pharma and can't recommend it unless you're a med student. It's very specific in it's content and not a light read like bad science was.

However this isn't a book review site and this price is cheap, so hot deal!
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I loved bad science, but I'm halfway through bad pharma and can't recommend it unless you're a med student. It's very specific in it's content and not a light read like bad science was.

However this isn't a book review site and this price is cheap, so hot deal!

I agree to a certain extent but there are some great sections in there that are very readable (particularly the marketing section) so if you're struggling through the early stages, it might help you to skip about a bit to get some context with the thought that you can return to the more specific chapters at a later date.

For me it's the sort of book I'll return to over the years and get more understanding. I'm very much a layman but I've been around hospitals enough over my life to find some of this stuff fascinating, so hope you can find your "in" which will then encourage you to persevere with the rest of it.

As Ben Goldacre writes at the start "Some of this stuff is hard. That's precisely why these problems have been ignored, and that's why I've had to explain it to you here, in this book. If you want to catch people with their trousers down, you have to go into their home."
#6
Thank you, just bought this, looks very interesting. Heat added
#7
Thanks for posting. Good stuff. :)
#8
Love bad science, even if it was a rehash of his columns, so looking forward to this - don't really care if it's a poor relation at this price. Good spot - heat.

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