Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions / Edition 9

Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions / Edition 9

by Stephen Barrett, William London, Manfred Kroger, Harriet Hall
     
 

The most comprehensive consumer health text available, Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions offers a panoramic view of the health marketplace. You’ll learn how to sharpen your critical consumer skills so you can distinguish valid health claims from those that are fraudulent or misleading. By offering science-based facts andSee more details below

Overview

The most comprehensive consumer health text available, Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions offers a panoramic view of the health marketplace. You’ll learn how to sharpen your critical consumer skills so you can distinguish valid health claims from those that are fraudulent or misleading. By offering science-based facts and guidelines, Consumer Health provides the tools you need to make smart decisions about health-care products and services for yourself and your family.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780078028489
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
03/09/2012
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
281,887
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Barrett, M.D., has been investigating and writing about consumer health issues for more than 40 years. His Quackwatch website serves as a clearinghouse for information on health frauds and quackery. He serves as Vice President of the Institute for Science and Medicine, is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, edits Consumer Health Digest, and is a peer-review panelist for several top medical journals.

Harriet Hall, M.D., a retired family physician and colonel, served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. Her administrative positions included Chief of Clinic Services and Director of Base Medical Services. She now devotes her time to investigating questionable health claims and writing and lecturing about pseudoscience, quackery, "alternative medicine," and critical thinking. She is a contributing editor to both Skeptical Inquirer and Skeptic magazines and a founding member and editor of the Science-Based Medicine blog.

Robert S. Baratz, M.D., D.D.S., Ph.D., an expert on quality of care, is President and Medical Director of South Shore Health Care in Braintree, Massachusetts, where he practices internal, oral, and occupational medicine. He serves on the medical faculties of Boston University and Tufts University and is used as a consultant by many regulatory and law enforcement agencies.

William M. London, Ed.D., M.P.H., is a health educator and professor in the Department of Public Health at California State University, Los Angeles. He is also the associate editor of Consumer Health Digest, co-host of the Credential Watch website, and a member of the editorial board of the journal FACT (Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies: An Evidence-Based Approach).

Manfred Kroger, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Food Science and Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology and Society at The Pennsylvania State University, where he has won several teaching awards. He is a science communicator for the Institute of Food Technologists and is scientific editor of its online journal, Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. He is also associate editor of the Journal of Food Science and a scientific advisor to the American Council on Science and Health.

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Table of Contents

Part I Dynamics of the Health Marketplace

1 Consumer Health Issues

2 Separating Fact from Fiction

3 Frauds and Quackery

4 Advertising and Other Promotional Activities
Part II Health-Care Approaches

5 Science-Based Health Care

6 Mental and Behavioral Help

7 Dental Care

8 The "CAM" Movement

9 Self-Care

10 Health-Care Facilities
Part III Nutrition and Fitness

11 Basic Nutrition Concepts

12 Nutrition Fads, Fallacies, and Scams

13 Weight Control

14 Fitness Concepts, Products, and Services
Part IV Major Health Problems

15 Cardiovascular Diseases

16 Cancer

17 HIV / AIDS
Part V Other Products and Services

18 Drug Products

19 Skin Care and Image Enhancement

20 Sexual and Reproductive Health

21 Health Devices

22 Coping with Death
Part VI Protection of the Consumer

23 Health Insurance

24 Health-Care Economics

25 Consumer Laws, Agencies, and Strategies

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