Bad pharma (Anglais) Broché – 2013
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From the reviews of Bad Science:
From an expert with a mail-order PhD to debunking the myths of homeopathy, Ben Goldacre talks the reader through some notable cases and shows how you don t need a science degree to spot bad science yourself Independent (Book of the Year)
His book aims to teach us better, in the hope that one day we write less nonsense Daily Telegraph (Book of the Year)
For sheer savagery, the illusion-destroying, joyous attack on the self-regarding, know-nothing orthodoxies of the modern middle classes, Bad Science cannot be beaten. You ll laugh your head off, then throw all those expensive health foods in the bin Trevor Phillips, Observer (Book of the Year)
Unmissable...laying about himself in a froth of entirely justified indignation, Goldacre slams the mountebanks and bullsh*tters who misuse science. Few escape: drug companies, self-styled nutritionists, deluded researchers and journalists all get thoroughly duffed up. It is enormously enjoyable' --The Times (Book of the Year) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition CD.
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'Bad Science' hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science, becoming a 400,000 copy bestseller. Now Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess.
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C'est un cadeau que nous fait ici Ben Goldacre en permettant avec un livre simple, bien écrit et clair de connaitre les raisons des scandales qui entourent cette industrie. Il réussit l'exploit d'éviter les faiblesses habituelles du genre, à savoir un discourt moralisateur où l'ont porte un acteur en pâture sans voire la totalité du problème.
Si vous êtes un minimum intéressé par cette problématique, et vous l'êtes assurément en lisant ceci, ce livre est à lire absolument.
Le seul petit défaut, il n'est pas encore traduit en français mais il vaut très largement l'effort.
As I said I don't agree with everything he says. His distrust of homeopathy is shared by many within the allopathic establishment and I am sure that there are some quacks around in the natural medicine, of course there are, but there are a lot of good therapies as well! I have had very good results with homeopathy, even with my children when they were tiny and saw them get better when allopathic medicine had no idea how to treat them so, anybody who tells me that it is all rubbish needs maybe to think again. He is also against vitamins and minerals. Of course this market has also been taken over by Big Pharma big time and no one can stop that! I have just noticed that the vitamins I am taking at this moment are manufactured by Merck, not good news..... but to say that anyone who advises patients to take vitamins and minerals are quacks.... Well, that is showing very little knowledge on the subject! Maybe Dr. Goldacre would like to read a bit about Linus Pauling?
That said.... What goes on in the pharmaceutical world is bordering criminal and the amount of money they often pay to settle cases shows exactly that. Ben Goldacre also gives suggestions of how this all could be changed but I don't hold my breath.... It won't change any time soon! The book can get a bit repetitive at times but all in all is very much worth reading! Read it and then make up your mind, don't read it and you might regret it!
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Goldacre also holds himself to a far higher standard of scientific excellence than the groups he is critiquing, exhaustively referencing, justifying and clarifying his points so that there is no doubt of the accuracy of his claims.
This book sinks a knife into the heart of the nonsense and pseudo-science that is far too often espoused by the pharmaceutical industry and tacitly endorsed by overawed journalists and cowed academics.
If you want to know why the drugs are you taking sometimes don't work and often make you ill then you need to read this book.
And any medical practitioner, academic or researcher who does not read this book should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.
It is absolutely excellent.
The one thing I came away from with this is research any drug you've been prescribed before taking it blindly, even at your doctor's recommendation, assuming it's not an emergency situation, and be proactive with your doctor if you do not get the results expected, or you have side effects. There's almost always more than one treatment plan.
The author seems passionate and sincere about his subject. What I don't like about it is the writing style is preachy, a little sensational ("as we shall see in the next chapter" "horror story" etc. at least once every chapter) and redundant, the same info could have been presented much more concisely and convincingly in half the space or less. In fact if you just google and read various reviews of the book you'll get pretty much all the major points. Maybe he's trying to be careful to show the pharm companies in a bad light without getting sued- a real life concern, and/or really back up what he's saying. He notes citations for most if not all of his claims, though it's a little ironic he points to studies that show studies are not accurate, kind of like saying 82.6% of statistics shown as percentages are false.
I really enjoyed how Ben Goldacre talks about how many medications that have been proven to help relieve a certain illness has proven to do otherwise via clinical studies outside parties have conducted to verify if it really was effective. He also addresses how major drug companies such as Merck & Co. have altered their clinical trials results just to get their drug on the market. Similarly what happen to Merck& Co. and their drug, Vioxx, it ended up killing many people. Vioxx was used to reduce pain, inflammation, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis. When Merck and Co. were sued, many safety hazards came about that were not disclosed by the company. The drug ended up being taken off the market because it was more dangerous than effective.
Ben also addresses how Direct to Consumer selling has increased the usage of medication in the USA and how medication advertisements on TV can be misleading to consumers. It is so misleading that it is only permitted in USA and New Zealand. This is why 70% of Drug Companies’ profit comes mainly from the USA. Ben Goldacre also explains how Pharmaceutical Companies sponsor or pay for many of the academic journals written about the drugs they place on the market, bribe lobbyists, sponsor patients groups, pay for the required professional education for doctors, work together with educational and governmental institutions, and numerous unethical sales/marketing techniques just to get their product out in the market.
Bad Pharma was a very informational book. It provided many statistical facts about Pharmaceutical companies and studies that have been conducted to prove that they mislead doctor and patients. The book focused on the medical industry in general.It was perfect for my research project.
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