Is coffee good for you? Will sausages kill you? Should you avoid sugar, fat, salt, or all three? Booked your smear test yet? Checked your balls? Considering bariatric surgery? Are you taking statins like a good boy or girl? ... Or should you just ignore this relentless bombardment of medical advice and remember that no one gets out of life alive.
With the same brilliance and humour that bowled us over in "The Great Cholesterol Con", Dr Kendrick takes a scalpel to the world of medical research and dissects it for your inspection. He reveals the tricks that are played to make minute risk look enormous. How the drug trials are hyped, the data manipulated, the endless games that are played to scare us into doing what, in many cases, makes the most money. After reading this book you will know what to believe and what to ignore. You'll have a much greater understanding of the world of medical research. A world in crisis.
"It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine." Dr. Marcia Angell.
Dr. Malcolm Kendrick is a medical professional who received his medical degree from Aberdeen University and pursued his training as a General Practitioner in Scotland. Over the years, his career has encompassed both medical practice and education. Currently, Malcolm resides and practices in Cheshire, where he is engaged in General Practice, Intermediate Care, and Out of Hours medical services.
On the educational front, Malcolm has made significant contributions by establishing an online educational system for the European Society of Cardiology in collaboration with the European Commission. He also played a pivotal role in launching the first website for the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the United Kingdom. Additionally, Malcolm is an original member of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine in Oxford and a member of The International Network of Cholesterol Sceptics (THINCS), a group comprising scientists, doctors, and researchers who share the belief that cholesterol does not cause cardiovascular disease. This stance has been a focal point of Malcolm's medical career, and he is widely recognized in this field.
Malcolm's profound interest in cardiovascular disease epidemiology has led to numerous publications in esteemed journals such as the BMJ, Medical Hypotheses, Pulse, and PharmacoEconomics. His exceptional expertise has earned him a place in Who's Who in 2009. Malcolm gained international recognition with his book, "The Great Cholesterol Con," which solidified his standing in the global discourse surrounding the 'diet-cholesterol-heart' hypothesis. He continues to engage with his dedicated followers through his blog at drmalcolmkendrick.org and delivers lectures upon invitation.
Beyond his professional pursuits, Malcolm is a devoted family man, married with two children and two cats. He remains committed to encouraging critical thinking and urging people to challenge established norms rather than passively accepting the prevailing consensus.
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