Book on how to evaluate medical treatments

Available for free.

The relevance of the book is stated right at its start:

Without fair – unbiased – evaluations, useless or even harmful
treatments may be prescribed because they are thought to be
helpful or, conversely, helpful treatments may be dismissed
as useless. And fair tests should be applied to all treatments,
no matter what their origin or whether they are viewed as
conventional or complementary/alternative. Untested theories
about treatment effects, however convincing they may sound, are
just not enough. Some theories have predicted that treatments
would work, but fair tests have revealed otherwise; other theories
have confidently predicted that treatments would not work when,
in fact, tests showed that they did.”

I haven’t read all of it yet, but the fact that it is endorsed by Ben Goldacre
counts a lot for me.

It is meant for everyone, not just health professionals or specialists, btw.


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