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Bad Medicine: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Distance Healing to Vitamin O: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Distance Healing to Vitamin O (Wiley Bad Science Series) Paperback – 3 Oct 2002

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (3 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047143499X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471434993
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,569,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For skeptics, always fans of science: The first two books in aseries devoted to "bad science," Bad Astronomy by PhilipPlait and Bad Medicine (Wiley, $15.95) by ChristopherWanjek, may warm even a Scrooge's heart. In short chapters, Plaittackles misperceptions about why the moon looks larger on thehorizon and why stars twinkle before moving on, dismantlingconspiracy kooks who doubt the moon landing and offering a top 10list of bad science moments in movie history. Wanjek, a sciencewriter who has also written jokes for The Tonight Show andSaturday Night Live, takes an edgy and funny tack indebunking myths such as humans using only 10% of their brains, theutility of "anti-bacterial" toys and the safety of "natural" herbalremedies, ones often loaded with powerful chemicals. (USATODAY, December 3, 2002)

..".Bad Medicine is an enjoyable romp through a host ofbiomedical misconceptions..." (New Scientist, 21 December 2002)

..".Wanjek shoots and scores when he tackles the major myths ofmedicine..." (Focus, February 2003)


A clever, thought-provoking guide that clarifies common medical misconceptions The average person only uses ten percent of his or her brain. Poor light ruins your eyesight. All natural medicines are safe. In this lively and informative guide, science writer Chris Wanjek dispels these and dozens of other popularly held medical myths and misconceptions. The second title in Wiley's Bad Science series, Bad Medicine begins by taking readers on a fantastic journey into the human body to shed some light on how it really works, answering basic questions about blood, how the immune system works, how food is turned to fuel, and much more. The book then sets the record straight on aging, disease, drugs, medical studies, risk, and the most commonly misrepresented medical "facts" reported by the media.

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