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Bad Advice: Or Why Celebrities, Politicians & Activists Aren't Your Best Source of Health Information


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  • Bad Advice: Or Why Celebrities, Politicians & Activists Aren't Your Best Source of Health Information 
    Title: Bad Advice: Or Why Celebrities, Politicians & Activists Aren't Your Best Source of Health Information
    Author: OFFIT PAUL
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 15/11/2019
    Imprint: COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Price: $40.00
    Publishing status: Active

    In breezy and deceptively conversational prose that often winks with humor, “Bad Advice breaks down complex scientific subjects that have been distorted through several cultural lenses. Offit takes to task actors, network news anchors, quack scientists and even politicians who, unlike Jolie in her thoughtful article, have opined on scientific subjects in ways that misinform the public, on occasion to a potentially dangerous degree.
    Washington Post
    Bad advice about your health, firmly grounded in fact-free marketing, greed, and science denialism, is omnipresent in the new and old media these days. One of the few reliable sources of good advice is Dr. Paul A. Offit who, unlike all too many scientists and doctors, is ready to take on the hype and lies of celebrities, charlatans, ideologues, and money-grubbers with logic, evidence, and humor. Take my advice: Bad Advice is just what you need to navigate the murky waters of an unending stream of really bad information about your health.
    Arthur L. Caplan, Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics, New York University School of Medicine
    Bad Advice gives us a front row seat to Offit's role on the leading edge of the vaccine fight as he shows just how important communicating good science can be. The author's rare storytelling blend of equal parts humorous anecdotes and serious facts leads to an entertaining and captivating read that is hard to put down.
    Melissa Stockwell, MD, MPH, Columbia University Medical Center
    Paul Offit is a pediatrician, a vaccine scientist, and one of our foremost explainers of science. In Bad Advice, he distills what he has learned—often the hard way—from standing up for science in the face of bogus theories, quack remedies, and the flat-out denial of empirical fact. Skillfully, Offit uses stories of his many missteps in the treacherous public arena to teach us how to confront pseudoscience effectively. In the process, without noticing, we learn fascinating lessons in the relevant science. A forcefully-written, indispensable book, particularly at the present moment.
    Geoffrey Kabat, cancer epidemiologist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and author of Getting Risk Right: Understanding the Science of Elusive Health Risks
    With humor and a unique perspective, Offit takes us step by step through our culture's missteps (and some of his own), relating stories of real science and the difficulties of communicating complicated concepts clearly to a skeptical and sometimes hostile public. Bad Advice shows us how we can succeed in the battle against pseudoscience, seductive gurus with simple messages, and snake oil-hawking celebrities.
    Adam Ratner, M.D., New York University
    The beauty of mass communication in our free society is also our curse. Information flows so quickly, from so many different sources, that one can't help but be overwhelmed—and too frequently misled. No one has fought harder over the years to educate the public, and to puncture the dangerously false
    dogmas of pseudoscience, than Paul Offit. “Bad Advice is a brilliant extension of his dictate, so aptly stated by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, that one is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts. Celebrities and politicians bear the brunt of Offit's elegantly written, often hilarious, pinpoint assaults.
    But what makes this book truly special is its vision of how science can, and must, be defended against its despoilers. “Bad Advice is, in every sense, an essential read.
    David Oshinsky, Director of the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU School of Medicine


    ISBN: 9780231186995
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