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

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

by Richard Harris


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An essential book to understanding whether the new miracle cure is good science or simply too good to be true

American taxpayers spend $30 billion annually funding biomedical research, but over half of these studies can't be replicated due to 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 for terminal patients. In Rigor Mortis, Richard Harris explores these urgent issues with vivid anecdotes, personal stories, and interviews with the top biomedical researchers. We need to fix our dysfunctional biomedical system—before it's too late.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541644144
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 250,219
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Richard Harris is one of the nation's most celebrated science journalists, covering science, medicine, and the environment for more than thirty years for NPR, and the three-time winner of the AAAS Science Journalism Award. He lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Chapter 1 Begley's Bombshell 7

Chapter 2 It's Hard Even on the Good Days 29

Chapter 3 A Bucket of Cold Water 53

Chapter 4 Misled by Mice 71

Chapter 5 Trusting the Untrustworthy 93

Chapter 6 Jumping to Conclusions 123

Chapter 7 Show Your Work 145

Chapter 8 A Broken Culture 169

Chapter 9 The Challenge of Precision Medicine 197

Chapter 10 Inventing a Discipline 217

Acknowledgments 237

Notes 239

Index 265

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