GIJN's Health and Medicine Guide
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Investigating Health & Medicine

Illustrations: Marcelle Louw

In this era of the pandemic, journalists worldwide suddenly find themselves on the health beat, trying to make sense of competing claims, varied specialists, and a science that seems to change by the day. Here’s an antidote: a comprehensive, global guide to investigative reporting on health and medicine. Written by two of the best in our business, Catherine Riva and Serena Tinari take you from COVID-19 to drug development and approval, evaluating scientific studies, understanding conflicts of interest, and exposing fraud and malpractice. It’s a road map for going beyond the claims of corporate press releases and government officials. Have a comment? Let us know what you think here. And good digging.


Download the Italian PDF version of the guide here. Download the Russian PDF version of the guide here. Download the French PDF version of the guide here.

Table of Contents

Preface: COVID-19


Chapter 1: Regulating Drugs: Development & Approval

Chapter 2: A Study Is Not Just a Study. Get Your Numbers Straight

Chapter 3: The Scientific Basis of Influence

Chapter 4: First, Do No Harm. Reporting About Safety

Chapter 5: Tips on Traps, Hype & Ethics









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