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ISBN-13: 978-0078028489 ISBN-10: 0078028485 Edition: 9th
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About the Author

Stephen Barrett, M.D., has been investigating and writing about consumer health issues for more than 40 years. His Quackwatch website serves as a clearinghouse for information on health frauds and quackery. He serves as Vice President of the Institute for Science and Medicine, is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, edits Consumer Health Digest, and is a peer-review panelist for several top medical journals.

William M. London, Ed.D., M.P.H., is a health educator and professor in the Department of Public Health at California State University, Los Angeles. He is also the associate editor of Consumer Health Digest, co-host of the Credential Watch website, and a member of the editorial board of the journal FACT (Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies: An Evidence-Based Approach).

Manfred Kroger, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Food Science and Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology and Society at The Pennsylvania State University, where he has won several teaching awards. He is a science communicator for the Institute of Food Technologists and is scientific editor of its online journal, Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. He is also associate editor of the Journal of Food Science and a scientific advisor to the American Council on Science and Health.

Harriet Hall, M.D., a retired family physician and colonel, served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. Her administrative positions included Chief of Clinic Services and Director of Base Medical Services. She now devotes her time to investigating questionable health claims and writing and lecturing about pseudoscience, quackery, "alternative medicine," and critical thinking. She is a contributing editor to both Skeptical Inquirer and Skeptic magazines and a founding member and editor of the Science-Based Medicine blog.

Robert S. Baratz, M.D., D.D.S., Ph.D., an expert on quality of care, is President and Medical Director of South Shore Health Care in Braintree, Massachusetts, where he practices internal, oral, and occupational medicine. He serves on the medical faculties of Boston University and Tufts University and is used as a consultant by many regulatory and law enforcement agencies.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 9 edition (March 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0078028485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0078028489
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.9 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sam Hill on December 23, 2013
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For the consumer (such as I) lacking knowledge in medical matters and perplexed, as I have been, by the question of how to assess the current avalanche of health claims and supplements on the internet, in health food shops, in pharmacies and in print, this book is a must-read.

Similar to Dr. Paul Offit's off-putting experience with today's health-care system that he describes in the prologue to his Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, my own experience with standard medecine in the past 20-odd years has been likewise a very mixed bag. I have twice faced cancer and survived by submitting to the standard treatments: once for colorectal cancer (stage 3) which meant surgery, chemo, and radiation - the infamous "cut, burn, poison" trilogy - and once for bladder cancer: surgery and chemo. Survive I did; but those remedies came with almost intolerable side effects that made me indifferent, for a time, as to whether I lived or died.

Should some other illness afflict me once more in the future, is there not, I wondered, a way to restored health that's not as brutal? Can there be therapies through unconventional medicine that are gentler, more bearable, but achieve the same objective?

Apparently not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crista Rasband on November 25, 2014
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This has been one of my favorite textbooks for a class. It has tons of information in it that is extremely useful to everyone (because everyone is a health consumer of some sort). There were several sections that I spent a lot of time on just out of pure interest, even though it wasn't required to do well in the class. I would highly recommend this book!
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By RG on April 14, 2015
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Unsure how Stephen Barrett is able to continue his "critique" of science/medicine. Certainly not worth paying for. I'm struck by his lack of rigor, but I have to say his website Quackwatch is much worse. It may have started with good arguments, but they have become extremely thin and formulaic. Disappointing, but I am comforted by the fact that he no longer practices medicine.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 12bucket12 on December 8, 2012
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Description of book was accurate. I had to purchase this book for a class. It served its purpose well. Glad I looked online instead of buying through the bookstore!
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By Miami Dolphin on March 2, 2014
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Just as describe and help me great with classes! It has all the pages and looks brand new! I couldn't have asked for better quality
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By Natalie Harris on January 25, 2014
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Would order again, the book was just as I expected. Minimal use be previous owner and no writing in the book.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julius Lee on October 20, 2012
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The authors are very candid, and I Like it. It reminds me that public health (in every detail) is the sum of many parts. And those parts are incomplete in so fashion due to the limitations set or other ex-factors.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D-Nice on February 21, 2011
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Ordered the book with express shipping and it came within days. The book is good for ppl needing or researching consumer type "caveat emptor" techniques. It'll open your eyes to some interesting things...
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