Reading Science: Peer Review – Part 4 in a Series

Peer Review By nature journals are very conservative, and work very hard to exclude incompetent, poorly carried out or documented, or fraudulent science. They also work to evaluate the methods used in papers submitted for consideration, all this is the process of peer review. They critically, or are supposed to, read any conclusions and discussion in the [...]

Where science is published and how to find it – Part 3 in a Series

To understand how to find and consume science, particularly on the topic of medicine, one has to understand how it is produced and published, and some of its past. Science has not always existed, nor has medicine as we know it. In the relatively short time that the ideas of the Enlightenment have prevailed in [...]

What is Science? – Part 2 of a Series

Before we start reading scientific papers we should all agree what science is. We all know what science is, right? So what is it? From the Oxford English Dictionary (Shorter) "Theoretical perception of a truth, as contrasted with moral conviction (conscience)." Sounds a little loose a definition for my purposes, and like it is a derivation [...]

Reading research for non-scientists – Part 1 of a Series

Overview I taught myself how to read science, even going so far as to dive into statistics so I could understand what "p" meant. I did so originally so that I could understand the hygiene hypothesis, old friends hypothesis, and what came to be known as helminthic therapy. Later I continued to read it so I [...]