Holy cow I just touched my new book!

September 20th, 2012 by Ben Goldacre in bad science | 19 Comments »

it is a thing of beauty and power. My advice is to buy one right now, before they all get seized and pulped.

In paperback here:

And Kindle here:



If you like what I do, and you want me to do more, you can: buy my books Bad Science and Bad Pharma, give them to your friends, put them on your reading list, employ me to do a talk, or tweet this article to your friends. Thanks! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

19 Responses

  1. donovan950 said,

    September 20, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Pre-ordered a week or so ago, congratulations on the book being published. Look forward to the read.

  2. septic said,

    September 20, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I’d look shocked too if I was handed suppositories that big.

  3. tig said,

    September 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Will be ordering tomorrow, but not from the big A as I have the privilege of living near an independent bookshop.

  4. kim said,

    September 21, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I also pre-ordered it for the kindle a couple of weeks ago. It had better be worth it…

    Does this also mean a return of the Guardian column?

  5. ironsjon said,

    September 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I love it. I haven’t seen it or read it, but I have conducted a clinical trial of one person (me) and the results are cautiously positive (or as the Daily Mail would put it, “Cancer Cure Pill Found”).

    But yes, it’s very ironic to publish links to a monopolist bookshop for a book about big business.

    Buy it local!!!

  6. msjuliemars said,

    September 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Dibs on “Seized and Pulped” for my tombstone.

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to reading this much needed and anticipated book.

  7. amelie said,

    September 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Look forward to reading this. Along with the media racket there’s now many offshoot sites dabbling in giving out medical advice. There’s a local honey / allergy media frenzy that got me especially riled up, and an interior design blog (with a cooking segment) that hosts some pretty bad advice. I hope you continue your quest to debunk and maybe someday you can address these:



  8. 09philj said,

    September 22, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I must put this on my christmas list… Meanwhile, during my biology homework, I found no websites explaining the benefits of free radicals in an understandable format. That isn’t good…

  9. psychodiva said,

    September 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    well done 😀 good timing also as I need a winter read 😀

  10. DoraSeagrave said,

    September 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I liked Ben’s article and look forward to reading the book, starting today. I was particularly pleased to see patient groups listed amongst those who can be in the pay of drug companies.

    ….But those colleagues can be in the pay of drug companies – often undisclosed – and the journals are, too. And so are the patient groups. …

    It seems almost impossible to criticise the role of charities in clinical and health research, especially the big ones.

    Well done for having the temerity to say so.

  11. MSN said,

    September 28, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Dear Dr Goldacre,
    Have enjoyed your column in the Guardian and just ordered both your books.
    I share most of your sentiments about Pharma except for the fact that I see them as merely business entities trying to make money any way they can.
    The real tragedy is that doctors(many of them from the public sector) who choose to associate with Pharma by doing collaborative Clinical Trials with them have never bothered to train themselves to do research (while will add another couple of years to their training).
    Pharma’s on the other hand employ professionals such as methodologist and statisticians who know how to conduct and analyse a trial.
    It is no wonder that these hopelessly befuddled doctors then surrender their rights to Pharma and do as they are told- they are probably too afraid to admit their ignorance.
    So first, Physician Train Thyself!

  12. RichAvery said,

    September 29, 2012 at 2:42 pm


    Great book so far. Well balanced between the scientific facts and ability to understand. I hope it gets a wide coverage and starts a snowball towards properly manages clinical tests and use of data, must get back to the book.

    Great Braille joke!

  13. flypunk said,

    October 4, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Hi Ben,

    I wanted to buy the book in kindle edition, but couldn’t.
    I have an account on Amazon.com, where the kindle edition will only become available in January. Amazon.co.uk
    proudly states that “This title is available to UK customers only”

    There might be reasons for Harper Collins to segment the market in such a way, but you as the author loose.

    Have you thought of self publishing?


  14. jdcart said,

    October 21, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    152 pages through, great so far. Has really exposed my former naivety/ignorance of all these issues.

    In the spirit of the ‘many eyes’ approach to scientific discourse you rightly advocate, erratum on page 152: should say ‘one in n/3’ rather than ‘one in 3/n’.
    Back to the book….

  15. Architectonic said,

    October 27, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Wow. I’m also looking forward to the sequel: “Bad Psychiatry”.

  16. zwingenberger said,

    November 9, 2012 at 11:59 am

    To everyone who’s looking foreward to the read: you will definitely not “enjoy” it. Instead, be prepared to get very, very angry. Especially that chapter “Missing Data” really left me in a state of, say, uncomfort. But – better like this than still knowing noting at all about those oddities. Many thanks to the author.

  17. zwingenberger said,

    November 15, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Just read the applause for the German IQWiG agency on p. 169 and found myself grinning, because:

    What one should know about IQWiG is, that rumours went round the agency’s first director, Peter Sawicki, a diabetologist, had been sent off just because he claimed exactly what is claimed in Bad Pharma’s first chapter: access to complete and unspoiled data. The published reasons sounded different, it was a smudgy story of alleged extravagances and waste, such as illegitime use of official cars and so on – nothing of that was confirmed to be true in the following investigation. It is a plain fortune, that his successor, Juergen Windeler, an epidemiologist, also turns out to be pretty courageous.


  18. indiebookshopworker said,

    November 15, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Why oh why do you do you give Amazon your support by selling your book when you care so much about the wrongs perpetrated by pharmaceutical companies, the government, etc? We sell your book but cannot possibly compete with Amazons aggressive undercutting of prices, and why do you think that might be? Independent booksellers not only pay taxes that, guess what, contribute to the NHS and they also pay rates which help local government provide services to the community. Does Amazon have any morals regarding the citizens of any country…of course not. And we will be the ultimate losers.

  19. jcolson1027 said,

    November 28, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Good stuff. Glad to hear it.