Rigor Mortis

Rigor Mortis

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

“A rewarding read for anyone who wants to know the unvarnished truth about how science really gets done.”
–Financial Times

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.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Medical / Research

On Sale: April 4th 2017

Price: $18.99

Page Count: 288

ISBN-13: 9780465097913

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Named by Amazon as one of their "Best Nonfiction Books of the Month"
"Harris makes a strong case that the biomedical research culture is seriously in need of repair."—Nature
"Rigor Mortis effectively illustrates what can happen when a convergence of social, cultural, and scientific forces...conspires to create a real crisis of confidence in the research process."—Science
"A rewarding read for anyone who wants to know the unvarnished truth about how science really gets done."
Financial Times
"Rigor Mortis effectively illustrates what can happen when a convergence of social, cultural, and scientific forces, as well as basic human motivation, conspires to create a real crisis of confidence in the research process."—SCIENCE
"Harris makes a strong case that the biomedical research culture is seriously in need of repair."—Nature
"Rigor Mortis is rife with examples of things that go awry in medical studies, how they happen, and how they can be avoided and fixed. For the most part, academic biomedical scientists are not evil, malicious, or liars at heart."—Ars Technica
"An alarming and highly readable summation of what has been called the 'reproducibility crisis' in science--the growing realization that large swathes of the biomedical literature may be wrong."—Spectrum Magazine