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Tabloid Medicine : How the Internet Is Being Used to Hijack Medical Science for Fear and Profit
Tabloid Medicine : How the Internet Is Being Used to Hijack Medical Science for Fear and Profit
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Author(s): Goldberg, Robert
ISBN No.: 9781607147282
Edition: Revised
Pages: 336
Year: 203012
Format: Trade Paper
Price: £13.71
Status: Out Of Print (Not available from Oakleaf Books)

" [Goldberg] offers Internet users in search of information about health matters some sound advice about becoming more skeptical: Investigate who created the content and who funds the website." - Kirkus Reviews     "'If it bleeds it leads,' may sell newspapers and satisfy headline-hungry politicians, but it makes a shameful shambles of public health policy. Goldberg calls it like he sees it-clearly and bluntly. And his call for honesty in discourse and a patient-centric direction should cause us all to stand up, take notice and demand that the better angels of our nature lead the way to a more civil and focused debate over American healthcare in the 21st century." - Peter J. Pitts, President, Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, Former FDA Associate Commissioner     " Tabloid Medicine explains how we have come to rely on Jenny McCarthy for advice about vaccines and Suzanne Somers for cancer therapies. Goldberg courageously pulls back the curtain to show where the real conflicts of interest lie when it comes to getting medical and scientific information. Written with compassion and insight, full of remarkable stories and anecdotes, Tabloid Medicine is a must read for anyone interested in discovering the forces that influence decisions about our own health.

An eye opener."  -Paul Offit, Chief of Division of Infectious Diseases, Children's Hospital, Philadelphia, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania Medical School and author of AUTISM'S FALSE PROPHETS     "Across  medicine doctors, patient advocates and researchers are waking up to a   cruel  paradox -  just as biomedical science is making unprecedented strides in understanding the human body and its diseases, the development of novel therapies is slowing to a trickle. Why?  It's simple. To get from lab to bedside there must be a viable, vibrant pharmaceutical industry, and that industry has been under assault. Goldberg shows convincingly how the Internet, combined with sloppy journalism driven by the 24-hour news cycle, irresponsible politicians looking for headlines, unscrupulous trial lawyers trolling for clients, and some opportunistic publicity seeking academics, are discrediting  the pharmaceutical industry  and  the academics who  collaborate with companies. By painting with a broad negative brush these forces are, intentionally or not, slowing innovation and putting us all at risk, especially those with serious illnesses."  - Frederick K. Goodwin, MD,  Former Director, National Institute for Mental Health, and Director of Center on Neuroscience, Medical Progress & Society, George Washington University Medical Center     "Robert (Bob) Goldberg is amongst the most passionate and energetic health care advocates I know.

  He is committed to fostering rational health care for all and his drive is enhanced by deep personal experiences.  In Tabloid Medicine he describes the real dangers of the dummying down of medical information through poorly informed or misleading sources.  Bob Goldberg understands that health is a precious treasure and that this can be endangered when it is influenced by unreliable information, as is often conveyed on the web.  Tabloid Medicine points out the poorly recognized dangers of open access to medical misinformation.  It is a worthwhile read that can improve your health."  -Ralph Snyderman, MD, Chancellor Emeritus, Duke University Medical Center and CEO Proventys, Inc.  .

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