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Goldacre is a medical doctor working for the NHS, and he has a column called "Bad Science" in the Guardian and a blog of the same name. This book is, as I understand it, distilled from both with a bit of new material.

Mainly he has a bone to pick with those who influence the public with the pretension of scientific background, be it their own qualifications or the results of "research". He tells us how honest and accurate medical research is done and why it is done this way, then picks others' work to pieces where it is lacking in accuracy or honesty.

I found this quite instructive and interesting, and because he can write, also entertaining. But there are some points where Goldacre loses his humor, and that is where careless or even deceptive dealing with facts costs actual lives.
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