Trying to teach a class about the misuse and abuse of statistics? Need examples?
There are many researchers who are passionate about exposing poor studies but, unfortunately, the incorrect use of statistics is still common. Many researchers still shy away from the rigorous application of statistical methods or, worse, use them incorrectly.
However, the good news is that there are people who are great at publicising statistical abuses for the general public. One of the best known of these in the UK is Dr. Ben Goldacre, writer of the weekly Bad Science column in the Guardian newspaper and online.
More specifically for medical statistics, cardiologist Dr. Eric Roehm, has a great site called Improving Medical Statistics on which he gives insightful examples of studies that have gone wrong.