Do You Believe in Magic? by Paul A. Offit, M.D.
The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine

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A rousing good read, strong on human interest and filled with appalling and amazing data.
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In Do You Believe in Magic?, medical expert Paul A. Offit, M.D., offers a scathing exposé of the alternative medicine industry, revealing how even though some popular therapies are remarkably helpful due to the placebo response, many of them are ineffective, expensive, and even deadly.

Dr. Offit reveals how alternative medicine—an unregulated industry under no legal obligation to prove its claims or admit its risks—can actually be harmful to our health.

Using dramatic real-life stories, Offit separates the sense from the nonsense, showing why any therapy—alternative or traditional—should be scrutinized. He also shows how some nontraditional methods can do a great deal of good, in some cases exceeding therapies offered by conventional practitioners.

An outspoken advocate for science-based health advocacy who is not afraid to take on media celebrities who promote alternative practices, Dr. Offit advises, “There’s no such thing as alternative medicine. There’s only medicine that works and medicine that doesn’t.”

 

About Paul A. Offit, M.D.

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Paul A. Offit, M.D., is Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. An expert in the field of vaccines, he is a recipient of many awards, including the J. Edmund Bradley Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics from the University of Maryland Medical School; the Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development from the Infectious Disease Society of America; and a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. His books include the recent Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure. Visit his website at www.paul-offit.com.
 
Published June 18, 2013 by Harper. 341 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 01 2013

His is a bravely unsentimental and dutifully researched guide for consumers to distinguish between quacks and a cure.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Abigail Zuger, M.d. on Jul 01 2013

This territory is not all that far from his usual stomping grounds...Nor has Dr. Offit’s own stance changed: He speaks for rational, scientific medicine (and medicines) whose efficacy has been confirmed in impartial, reproducible clinical trials.

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Excellent
on Apr 16 2013

A rousing good read, strong on human interest and filled with appalling and amazing data.

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