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Risk: Science and the Media

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Biography

Ben Goldacre is a doctor and writer who examines the real evidence behind the claims of quacks, journalists, the pharmaceutical industry, and dodgy government reports. He has written the Bad Science column in the Guardian since 2003, made 5 documentaries on BBC Radio 4, and appears regularly on radio and TV. His book Bad Science has sold over 150,000 copies in the UK and is available in 17 languages.

Abstract

We are barraged with risk information through the media, through claims about cancer, magic vegetables, new drugs, dangerous activities, lifesaving medical miracles, murderous vaccines, and more. How much of this information is evidence based? How do distortions creep in? And what can be done about it?

This talk is part of the Darwin College Lecture Series series.

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