The author wrote about Dr. John Ioannidis, M.D., Ph.D., undoubtedly one of the world’s foremost experts on the credibility of medical research. Dr. Ioannidis spent his career challenging his peers by exposing their bad science. This outstanding scientist was born in New York in 1965 but grew up in Athens, Greece.
Dr. Ioannidis is a Professor in the Department of Hygiene & Epidemiology, University of Ioannina School of Medicine, Greece. He also took on numerous appointments in American medical schools, currently being Professor of Medicine and Director, Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University School of Medicine.
This good professor and his team have shown again and again:
- “that much of what biomedical researchers conclude in published studies—conclusions that doctors keep in mind when they prescribe antibiotics or blood-pressure medication … or when they recommend surgery for heart disease or back pain—is misleading, exaggerated, and often flat-out wrong”.
- “that as much as 90 percent of the published medical information that doctors rely on is flawed”.
- “that the field of medical research is so pervasively flawed, and so riddled with conflicts of interest, that it might be chronically resistant to change—or even to publicly admitting that there’s a problem”.