Bad Science, good read

I swear, if I didn’t have a conditioned reflex to find British accents just a bit creepy, I would have a crush on Dr Ben Goldacre. He’s smart and lucid and logical and even fairly humane, and he knows his shit. He’s even kind of cute in that rumpled junior doctor sort of way. Too bad he’s British. Anyway, please will everyone read this very fine book. And then buy a couple of copies to hand out to your friends that swear by homeopathic remedies. Oh and buy an extra five copies for your friends – and their families – that believe vaguely in the ‘possible risks’ of vaccinating their children against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). I really wish I’d had access to this book (or to one of the author’s very watchable YouTube clips) when I was busy scouring the internet trying to figure out what the hell the anti-MMR vaccination people were actually basing their arguments on. He sums up the anti-MMR hoax brilliantly, and this book is worth reading for that chapter alone. But the rest is excellent too. Logical, empowering, clear, funny and only occasionally pedantic.


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I live in South Africa with my husband and two small children, doing things, thinking about things and sometimes writing about them.
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3 Responses to Bad Science, good read

  1. Adam says:


    what is the ‘brilliant, shocking, and previously unpublishable chapter’all about?

    [Oxford comma supplied – nothjing wrong with being ‘occasionally pedantic’]

  2. Adam says:

    or with spelling nothing with a ‘j’. needed spicing up.

  3. Lisa says:

    Oh Adam, you’re such a slut for scandal! It’s Chapter 10, called “The Doctor Will Sue You Now”. It traces the emergence of AIDS denialism to a vitamin-pill entrepreneur called Matthias Rath. When the first edition of Bad Science was published, Rath was busy suing Goldacre personally as well as The Guardian for libel. Rath dropped his case in September 2008.

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