You saw an extract from his book the other day, here he is at TED, Ben Goldacre
on how the system that is the very basis of “evidence medicine” is a load of bollocks [my paraphrasing] concealling a systemmatic flaw at the very core of medicine.
Around half of all trials go missing…
Trials showing positive findings – ie that the drugs do work are twice as likely to be published as negative findings – that they don’t work.
Like he says if I withheld 50% of the results from flipping a coin, you’d likely regard that as cheating.
“This is a cancer at the core of evidence-based medicine.”
- 5 prescription drugs doctors had no idea could hurt their patients (ted.com)
- TED: Ben Goldacre: What doctors don’t know about the drugs they prescribe – Ben Goldacre (2012) (ted.com)