Doctor debunks 500 news stories in crusade against junk science

Another review of Dr. Ben Goldacre’s new book “Bad Science,” this time in the Daily Telegraph, notes that since he started writing for the Guardian in 2003, he has debunked more than 500 news stories (including some which appeared in the Guardian itself aswell as the Telegraph.) As Ed Lake notes:

“…the inability of the press and public to evaluate evidence, [Goldacre] argues, has become a public health issue.

Much of the MRSA scare was a circus. MMR was a debacle. Cases of mumps were almost unheard of before the media bandwagon got started, but by 2005, there was an epidemic. The moral is clear: when the well of information is contaminated, people get ill…

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One Response to Doctor debunks 500 news stories in crusade against junk science

  1. Thanks for the link to Dr. Goldacre. Sounds interesting.

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