- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Fourth Estate (6 Feb. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007491743
- ISBN-13: 978-0007491742
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 x 2.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,585,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Killing Us Softly: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine
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“Offit is a rare combination of scientist, doctor, communicator and advocate. . . . What is needed is more people like [him] willing to engage the skeptics in a debate that just will not go away.” (Financial Times, on Deadly Choices)
“Few scientists are willing to touch this third rail of science publicity; Offit grabs it with two hands.” (Newsweek, on Autism's False Prophets)
About the Author
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. Visit his website at www.paul-offit.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
"Killing Us Softly" is a page turner. It is a well written book, and it takes some interesting topics and treats them really well. I learned much about Linus Pauling, Vitamins, and how the "Alternative Medicine" industry works. And it is an industry! According to the book Vitamin sales is worth $34 billion a year, in general for no good effect. I do feel that Dr. Paul Offit over states the case a bit against alternative medicine in the treatment of Steve Jobs, who was on an alternative medicine for nine months before he got his cancer treated professionally. From reading other web sites I know that there is professional disagreement as to whether the nine months delay in getting treatment made the difference between life and death, where as the book states that this delay cost Steve Jobs his life.
The book does in general strike a good balance and is filled with interesting facts. The author has a great knowledge of the area and it clearly shows, making the book an engaging and educational read. I would recommend it.
It is very sad that if you promote science you are called a big pharma shrill. How about big placebo? This is a massive industry now, growing and making its profits off of people because of their lack of skeptical and critical thinking skills are literally throwing money away on things that do nothing for you. I applaud those who would stand up to people who want to ignore and pretend science is in bed with corporations or whatever paranoia people harbor.
Thank you Dr. Offit, you deserve praise instead of death threats; hopefully we can eventually win with reason and logic over these people who put their faith in magical thinking over the scientific method.
After reading this book I have now stopped and nothing....I am exactly the same as I was with the taking the pills. A very interesting read for all who think they will
be saved by the ageing health and vitality fairy tale. Its not going to happen.
Eat well drink water and exercise or just walk. That's it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very very interesting read if you are at all concerned about the ingredients that find their way into the products we use and eat.Published 16 months ago by Mac
An interesting look at failures and lies of some alternative medicines. For those who don't belive the author take a look at the massive reference list at the back. Read morePublished 18 months ago by unknown
A well researched and well written book. A warning against alternative medicine at its most dangerous, A very good read.Published 19 months ago by John Mac
What rubbish this book is. Why do people trust a man who has made at least 10 million from a vaccine he has co created. Read morePublished 22 months ago by A V Rodgers
Another great book by Dr offit, exceptional!Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer against bleach
This is a wonderful book and I heartily recommend it. But please be warned: it is the same book as Do You Believe in Magic? Read morePublished on 12 July 2014 by M. Mason
I suspected on beginning reading this book up that this man is being paid by big pharma. The ignorance of the modern 'scientist' and 'doctor' is that they are superior in knowledge... Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2014 by David Smith
The books first few chapters are great, they dicuss the history of how the diet supplement industry has avoided regulation and how this is basically killing people. Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2014 by Phil