Authors Series: Paul Offit, M.D., author of Do You Believe In Magic?
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.
Dr. 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 Crisis, Vaccinated: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases, Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure, and Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All.