Snake Oil is Alive and Well

Snake Oil is Alive and Well "The Clash between Myths and Reality: Reflections of a Physcian"

by Morton E. Tavel M.D.

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BN ID: 2940014173421
Publisher: Brighton Publishing LLC
Publication date: 03/29/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 275
File size: 697 KB

About the Author

Dr. Tavel is a lifelong native of Indianapolis, having received both college and medical degrees at Indiana University. After completing his undergraduate studies, he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to the honorary scholastic society of Phi Beta Kappa. Upon completion of his medical training, he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha for scholastic achievement in this field. His post-graduate specialized training included stints in Philadelphia and Salt Lake City. After serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps for two years in Germany, he returned to Indianapolis to complete has training and to begin medical practice.
Dr. Tavel is a physician specialist in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases. In addition to managing patients for many years, he holds a teaching position (Clinical Professor) at Indiana University School of Medicine and regularly teaches medical students, house staff physicians, and other medical personnel. In addition, he has presented numerous speeches and lectures before national and international audiences that include peers as well as the general public. He is actively engaged in medical research and has authored over 100 research publications, editorials and book reviews that have appeared in peer-reviewed national medical journals. He is currently the director of the cardiac rehabilitation program at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana, and consulting cardiologist for the Care Group, Inc., a division of St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.
Dr. Tavel has authored a book on cardiology that persisted through four editions over a period of approximately 20 years. This book was placed on the recommended list by the major U.S. internal medical organization (American College of Physicians) for inclusion in the personal libraries of all those practicing internal medicine. Dr. Tavel has also been a contributor to several other multi-authored textbooks. Having served on editorial boards of four major national medical journals, he has provided numerous critical reviews of manuscripts submitted to many journals for possible publication. He has also served as research director at a large metropolitan teaching hospital (Methodist Hospital), located in Indianapolis. His civic activities include, among others, having been past president of the local and state divisions of the American Heart Association, during which time he made numerous television and radio appearances on behalf of this organization. Many years ago, h

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Harriet Hall

Dr. Tavel has done an outstanding job of assembling a wealth of information. The book might have been titled "How to Think" as it teaches the reader to apply critical thinking skills to issues in medicine as well as to other areas like politics where errors in thinking could have serious consequences. Along with covering blatant snake oil hoaxes and questionable claims from antioxidants to chelation, he delves into evidence-based medicine and shares his own conclusions based on the published data about everything from vitamins to diet. There are other books on alternative medicine, medical fraud, medical science, the pharmaceutical industry, the history of medicine, health advice, and critical thinking, but this book has all the essentials in one convenient package. A tour de force. (Harriet Hall, MD, science writer and contributing editor to Skeptic and Skeptical Inquirer publications and of website, Science Based Medicine)

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