Rigor Mortis

Rigor Mortis

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

Book - 2017
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"American 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2017]
ISBN: 9780465097906
0465097901
Branch Call Number: 610.72 HARRI
Characteristics: vii, 278 pages ; 22 cm

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alitecky
Sep 18, 2017

Important in that is exposes what the title states. Frustrating because the methodological errors are mentioned briefly, while the academic (and governmental) politics make up the bulk of the text. The larger question may be, how is correlation distinguished from causation?

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