3 Oct 2012
Peer reviewed literature in the medical field is misleading cautions Ben Goldacre, a doctor, who argues that when it comes to drug tests, "positive findings are around twice as likely to be published as negative findings. This is a cancer at the core of evidence-based medicine." In other words, when a new drug gets tested, all the results of the trials should be published for the rest of the medical world to see - except much of the time, negative or inconclusive findings go unreported, leaving doctors and researchers in the dark.
Goldacre is author of Bad Pharma, a book that puts the $600 billion global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess.