Authors Series: Paul Offit, M.D., author of Do You Believe In Magic?

Authors Series: Paul Offit, M.D., author of Do You Believe In Magic?

Authors Series: Paul Offit, M.D., author of Do You Believe In Magic?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 7:00pm

The Wistar Institute

3601 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Registration is free, but space is limited. 

 

Eventbrite - The Wistar Institute’s Authors Series - Do you Believe in Magic?, by Dr. Paul Offit

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.

Offit book coverDr. 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.

Paul Offit, M.D.

Dr. Offit is the chief of the division of infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania medical school, and an adjunct professor at The Wistar Institute. Offit co-developed a rotavirus vaccine with H. Fred Clark, D.V.M., and Stanley A. Plotkin, M.D. at The Wistar Institute and CHOP that was approved for use in 2006 and since has been added to the recommended schedule of vaccines for children. Offit has also written The Cutter Incident: How America’s First Polio Vaccine Led to Today’s Growing Vaccine CrisisVaccinated: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest DiseasesAutism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure, and Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All.

 

Past Author Series Events

Sam Kean

The Violinist's Thumb, September 11, 2012

Rob Dunn, Ph.D.

The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today, November 8, 2011

Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D.

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, April 20, 2011

Arthur Ainsberg and Thea Cooper

BREAKTHROUGH: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle, November 9, 2010

Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, February 16, 2010

Jon Franklin

The Wolf in the Parlor: The Eternal Connection between Humans and Dogs, October 20, 2009

Faye Flam

The Score: How the Quest for Sex Has Shaped the Modern Man, September 16, 2008

Gary Taubes

Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control, and Disease, May 13, 2008

Paul Offit, M.D.

Vaccinated: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases, September 18, 2007

Arthur Allen

VACCINE: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver, May 22, 2007

David Quammen

VACCINE: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver, May 22, 2007

Nicholas Wade

VACCINE: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver, May 22, 2007

Joyce E. Chaplin

The First Scientific American: Benjamin Franklin and the Pursuit of Genius, April 24, 2006

Philip J. Hilts

Rx for Survival: Why We Must Rise to the Global Health Challenge, November 17, 2005

Paul Offit, M.D.

The Cutter Incident: How America’s First Polio Vaccine Led to the Growing Vaccine Crisis, October 20, 2005

Brian Burrell

Postcards from the Brain Museum: The Improbable Search for Meaning in the Matter of Famous Minds, March 24, 2005

Jeffrey Kluger

Splendid Solution, February 23, 2005

Stephen S. Hall

Merchants of Immortality: Chasing the Dream of Human Life Extension, May 4, 2004

John M. Barry

The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History, Feb. 19, 2004