You need a break from Bernard, Pasteur and Zola ? Then do read the fascinating book, ‘Bad Science” by Ben Goldacre (also available for Kindle). Long ago, Claude Bernard condemned the traditional, uncritical and largely unproven science which was prevalent at the time – and set down his principles for improving it. Those principles mostly remain valid 150 years later ! Goldacre’s biting analysis of the continuing confused thinking and devious practices in medicine and the health sciences makes for an entertaining and enlightening read. He also has an interesting website – www.badscience.net. Look out for his sequel, too: ‘Bad Pharma’ is just published by Fourth Estate. It appealed to me because of the revelations of my ethical analysis of 100 consecutive pharmaceutical trials in general practice http://tinyurl.com/resRCGP
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