Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions

By | October 31, 2017
Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions Author Richard Harris
ISBN-10 0465097901
ISBN-13 9780465097906
Year 2017-04-04
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Basic Books
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Named by Amazon as one of the Best Nonfiction Books of the Month An award winning science journalist pulls the alarm on the dysfunction plaguing scientific research with lethal consequences for us allAmerican taxpayers spend 30 billion annually funding biomedical research By some estimates half of the results from these studies can t be replicated elsewhere the science is simply wrong Often research institutes and academia emphasize publishing results over getting the right answers incentivizing poor experimental design improper methods and sloppy statistics Bad science doesn t just hold back medical progress it can sign the equivalent of a death sentence How are those with breast cancer helped when the cell on which 900 papers are based turns out not to be a breast cancer cell at all How effective could a new treatment for ALS be when it failed to cure even the mice it was initially tested on In Rigor Mortis award winning science journalist Richard F Harris reveals these urgent issues with vivid anecdotes personal stories and interviews with the nation s top biomedical researchers We need to fix our dysfunctional biomedical system now

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