The Health Robbers: A Close Look at Quackery in America / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 94%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (18) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $7.08   
  • Used (15) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$7.08
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(167)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
New Nice NEW copy! S4-5.

Ships from: Kenosha, WI

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$50.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(113)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$409.89
Seller since 2013

Feedback rating:

(0)

Condition: New
Amherst, New York, U.S.A. 1993 Hardcover New 0879758554. BRAND NEW, FLAWLESS COPY, NEVER OPENED--526 pages.

Ships from: New Hampton, NY

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by

Overview

While medical science has never had more to offer, many people are turning to "alternatives" such as chiropractic, homeopathy, "organic" foods, vitamin supplements, herbs, chelation therapy, and occult "healers." Millions of Americans who are unenlightened, seriously ill, or desperate have fallen into the clutches of TV promoters, nutrition hustlers, or other con artists whose offerings are ineffective or dangerous - and sometimes lethal. But quackery is not confined to individuals who fit the popular image of a quack. Significant numbers of well-trained physicians have strayed from science into "fad diagnoses" and unproven treatments that lack a rational basis. The Health Robbers, featuring more than twenty highly respected authorities, explains the dangers of quack medicine, "alternative" cancer remedies, health fads, and "miracle diets." It argues for stronger laws and more vigorous policing of the marketplace. And it answers such questions as: "Are 'organic' foods worth their extra cost?" "Can acupuncture cure anything?" "Will vitamin B[subscript 12] shots pep me up?" "Can diet cure arthritis?" "Will spinal adjustments help my health?" "Will amino acids 'pump up' my muscles?" "Where can reliable information be obtained?" and "What's the best way to get good medical care?" Even if the answers to some of these questions seem obvious, the details in this volume, written in an informative, highly readable, and easy-to-understand style, will astound you. Quackery often leads to harm because it turns ill people away from legitimate and trusted therapeutic procedures. However, its heaviest toll is in financial loss not only to those who pay directly, but to everyone who pays for bogus treatments through taxes, insurance premiums, and other ways that are less obvious. Chapter titles include: "The Food Fear Epidemic" ("Beware of chemical con men"), "The Overselling of Herbs" ("More hype than help"), "Quackery and the Media" ("Should we believe what we see and hear?"

Discusses alternative cancer remedies, hlth fads, miracle diets, acupuncture, spinal adjustments, amino acids, etc.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Arguing that ``quackery is at an all-time high,'' psychiatrist Barrett ( Health Schemes, Scams and Frauds ) and Jarvis, an adviser to the American Council on Science and Health, in a comprehensive if not altogether well-balanced survey, come down hard on misleading advertising and news media, sales and network marketing of weight-control and beauty systems. The authors also deplore patients who renounce established practices for alternative remedies, self-doctoring with herbs, vitamins, etc., along with psychic and cult healing. One questions their failure to distinguish among forms of non-traditional treatment, in effect putting chiropractic into the same category as, say, faith healing, although the efficacy of chiropractic and acupuncture is no longer a very controversial issue. The authors conclude with a review of our health laws and agencies (Federal Trade Commission, Food and Drug Administration) and other sources of information and avenues to redress abuse. Author tour. (Oct.)
Booknews
This collection of articles follows the American Medical Association's "party line." The papers, written for the layperson, rail against chiropractic, homeopathy, herbs, organic foods, acupuncture, eye exercises, antifluoridation, diet pills, unproven allergies, fraudulent AIDS and cancer cures, and other practices, lumping together the good, the bad, and the ugly. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
William Beatty
In her foreword, Ann Landers states that each chapter is written by a "highly respected authority in his or her field," which makes editor Barrett an authority on cancer, arthritis, weight control, allergies, AIDS, the skeletal system, nutrition, and mental health. Hmmm. This book that broadly examines quackery and its ramifications includes especially good chapters on "Make-Believe Doctors," "Prominent Promoters" (i.e., individuals), "Health Crusaders" (organizational variety), and "Quackery and the Media" (in which "60 Minutes" gets its knocks); and James Harvey Young's "Why Quackery Persists" is the type of thoughtful and clearly expressed piece he's been producing for years. The last three chapters provide excellent material on, respectively, existing legal protections and what laws are still needed, "Getting the Most from Your Doctor," and organizations and methods for fighting quackery.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879758554
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Series: Consumer Health Library Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 526
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.59 (h) x 1.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Foreword: P. T. Barnum was right
Acknowledgments
Contributors
1 How Quackery Sells: Clinical tricks of the supersalesman 1
2 Vitamin Pushers and Food Quacks: How to spot a nutrition hustler 23
3 The Make-Believe Doctors: Medical impostors 45
4 Occult Health Practices: Why the proof of the pudding is not in the eating 55
5 The Food-Fear Epidemic: Beware of chemical con men 67
6 "Alternative" Cancer Treatment: Doublespeak that can kill you 83
7 The Misery Merchants: Exploiting arthritis sufferers 101
8 Weight Control: Facts, Fads, and Frauds: Beware of fat profiteers 113
9 Avoiding the "Marginal" Medic: How to spot a fuzzy-thinking physician 125
10 Unproven "Allergies": An Epidemic of Nonsense "Environmental illness" and the "yeast connection" 137
11 Immunoquackery: Riding the crest of AIDS 155
12 The Spine Salesmen: Don't let chiropractors fool you 161
13 Homeopathy: Is It Medicine? Much ado about nothing 191
14 Genuine Fakes: The "organic" ripoff 203
15 The Overselling of Herbs: More hype than help 213
16 Vitalistic Gurus and Their Legacies: Natural health? 225
17 The Multilevel Mirage: Person-to-person hype 253
18 Acupuncture: Nonsense with Needles: Don't get stuck 259
19 Nutrition for Athletes: Myths vs. Facts: An insider's views on "ergogenic aids" 269
20 Quackery by Mail: The "guarantees" are as bogus as the product 281
21 The Tooth Robbers: The unfounded attack on fluoridation 295
22 Dubious Dental Care: Delusions and poor science in the dental office 307
23 The Gadgeteers: Exploiting science 321
24 The Miracle Merchants: Faith healing doesn't work 337
25 The Eye Exorcisors: Don't throw away your glasses 347
26 The "Holistic" Hodgepodge: Look beyond the slogans 355
27 Prominent Promoters: Have they confused you? 367
28 "Health Freedom" Crusaders: Fighting to make quackery legal 397
29 The Mental Health Maze: How to find a therapist 421
30 The Mind Robbers: Destructive cults 443
31 Quackery and the Media: Should we believe what we see and hear? 447
32 Why Quackery Persists: Quacks never sleep 457
33 The Truth-Seekers: Voices of scientific truth 465
34 Strengths and Weaknesses of Our Laws: How well does government protect you? 477
35 Getting the Most from Your Doctor: Communication tips 485
36 Fighting Quackery: Tips for Activists: Your effort may even save a life! 495
Recommended Reading 501
Index 507
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)