Ben Goldacre

Yes. I’m a doctor, an epidemiologist, and lots of my professional colleagues flip back and forth between industry and medical roles. I know them; they are not bad people. But it is possible for good people in bad systems to do things that inflict enormous harm.

“Yes. I’m a doctor, an epidemiologist, and lots of my professional colleagues flip back and forth between industry and medical roles. I know them; they … Read More

There is this peculiar blind spot in the culture of academic medicine around whether withholding trial results is research misconduct. People who work in any industry can reinforce each others’ ideas about what is okay.

“There is this peculiar blind spot in the culture of academic medicine around whether withholding trial results is research misconduct. People who work in any … Read More

There are many differences between medicine and teaching, but they have much in common. Both involve craft and personal expertise, learned through experience; but both can be informed by the experience of others.

“There are many differences between medicine and teaching, but they have much in common. Both involve craft and personal expertise, learned through experience; but both … Read More

I’d like to submit to Bad Science my teacher who gave us a handout which says that ‘Water is best absorbed by the body when provided in frequent small amounts.’ What I want to know is this. If I drink too much in one go, will it leak out off my arsehole instead? Thank you. Anton.

“I’d like to submit to Bad Science my teacher who gave us a handout which says that ‘Water is best absorbed by the body when … Read More

In the past, [medicalization]has been portrayed as something that doctors inflict on a passive and un-suspecting world – an expansion of the Medical Empire. But in reality, it seems that these reductionist bio-medical stories can appeal to us all, because complex problems often have depressingly-complex causes, and the solutions can be taxing, and unsatisfactory.

“In the past, [medicalization]has been portrayed as something that doctors inflict on a passive and un-suspecting world – an expansion of the Medical Empire. But … Read More

Teaching needs an ecosystem that supports evidence-based practice. It will need better systems to disseminate the results of research more widely, but also a better understanding of research, so that teachers can be critical consumers of evidence.

“Teaching needs an ecosystem that supports evidence-based practice. It will need better systems to disseminate the results of research more widely, but also a better … Read More