What doctors don’t know about the drugs they prescribe: Ben Goldacre


ben Goldacre TEDYou 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.”
Ben Goldacre

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