November 7, 2011

What I Learned From Eight Years of 'Bad Science'

Ben Goldacre, Guardian


I've got to go and finish a book: I'll be back in six months, but in case it kills me, here's what I've learned in eight years of writing this column.

Alternative therapists don't kill many people, but they do make a great Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Science Policy, Scientists, Science Journalism, Pharmaceutical Industry, Nocebo Effect, Placebo Effect, Alternative Medicine, Pseudoscience


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