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Tabloid Medicine: How the Internet is Being Used to Hijack Medical Science for Fear and Profit

Goldberg, Robert

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ISBN 10: 1607147270 / ISBN 13: 9781607147275
Published by Kaplan Publishing, 2010
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Robert Goldberg, PhD, explains why the Internet is a double-edged sword when it comes to health information. He describes how the Web is an unfiltered breeding ground for urban legends, fear-mongering and snake oil salesmen. In excelent condition inscribed by the author. Size: 6½ - 9½" First printing. Bookseller Inventory # 272712

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Title: Tabloid Medicine: How the Internet is Being ...

Publisher: Kaplan Publishing

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Can you trust your health to the Internet? Nearly 8 million Americans search the Internet daily for medical advice on everything from bumps and bruises to cancer. But consumers should beware: this growing phenomenon of instantaneous medical advice, offered by "Google PhDs," has a dark and dangerous side. Anyone can put seemingly authoritative medical advice on the Internet whether or not it has any scientific merit.
In this provocative and eye-opening book, prominent health care advocate and journalist Dr. Robert Goldberg reveals how the media, trial attorneys, anti-industry activists, and politicians work together to create a shadow campaign of doubt and fear about the safety of medical treatments. Dr. Goldberg reveals how the internet is used to scare the public and hide a political agenda, while preying on people's insecurities to the ultimate detriment of both the individual and public health. Dr. Goldberg investigates the rise of the "instant expert," and shows how this new style of medical debate allows sensationalism and celebrity status to outweigh science and knowledge.

Whether its shaping our search for information on vaccines, weight loss, hormone replacement therapy or depression, tabloid medicine  harms our health and threatens future progress against disease.   Importantly, Dr. Goldberg also provides the reader with a how to guide for separating fearmongering from scientific fact.  He also shows how the Internet is also a powerful platform for sharing ideas and information that is being used to accelerate the search for cures and give us more control over our health and well-being. 

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I enjoyed writing this book and did so with my friends and family members in mind.   So I want to use this space to express my thanks for their love and support.  Also,  I want to thank Caroline Patton, my research assistant and my literary agent Joelle DelBourgo for their indispensable role in making this book a reality.  Any mistakes or typos are my responsibility!

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