About the book

This section of Testing Treatments interactive tells you about the book on which the site is based, and the four people who wrote the 2nd edition.

The 1st edition of Testing Treatments was published by the British Library in 2006. It was a great success: thousands of copies of the paperback were sold and the book was translated into six languages.  We made the text of the book and translations freely available through our other website – The James Lind Library:  We stopped counting after there had been more than 130,000 free downloads.

The 2nd edition of Testing Treatments was published in 2011, and builds on the success of the 1st edition. As with the 1stedition, it urges everyone to get involved in improving current research and future treatment, and outlines practical steps that patients and health professionals can take together to do this. The full text of the 2nd edition is available for free download from this website, and the paperback and ebook editions can be purchased from the publisher – Pinter and Martin – or from online booksellers. The text is already available in some other languages, and translations into additional languages are being prepared.

If you would like to read what lay and professional reviewers have written about Testing Treatments, click here.

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  • Glyn Davies

    Thank you for your book – recommended by Ben Goldacre.
    Being unemployed at present I can’t afford to buy a hardcopy yet, but I will add the title to my list of books to buy.
    Keep up the good work, I am an advocate of evidence-based medicine and evidence-based management.

    I just don’t get the alternative – folklore and wishful thinking seem to be too unreliable to me.



  • Bill Johnson

    Awesome. I only hope our “medical professionals” will reccommend this book to the people we all “care for” and the people we “dare for” because we and they, need to know, and all of us need to know what drives our “belief system.” We cannot make positive change without understanding and I submit we might need to change before we ever understand. I think this book will be accepted and support that change. Moreover, I hope this book makes us all think critically. Not something most of our systems support, sorry to say.

  • Badenoch

    Ben Goldacre says:

    “This book should be in every school, and every medical waiting room. Until then, it’s in your hands. Read on.”

    You can read his review here: http://www.badscience.net/2011/10/new-edition-of-testing-treatments-best-lay-text-on-evidence-based-medicine/

  • Chris Tarasovs

    Great! I would love to read it!

    • Douglas_Badenoch

      Thanks Chris, it’s a free download, so there’s no excuses!

  • driftwood

    I’ve quoted from TT at length during my postgrad Clin Research coursework this year. To resounding, disapproving silence – the ideas are still ahead of their time.