From cancer to the common cold, Google has replaced the family doctor in dispensing advice about treatment options, side effects, and more. Unfortunately, much of the online health information is produced by people who know nothing about medicine or who stand to profit politically or financially by spreading fear and distrust of medical science. Alarmed by the consequences of using the Web and the power of panic to steer patients away from proven treatments, health policy expert and journalist Robert Goldberg, PhD, offers the ultimate antidote to the rising epidemic of mythical medical risks. Separating the facts from the fearmongering, Dr. Goldberg draws on his years at the helm of key research projects in public policy, including serving as director of the Center for Medical Progress at the Manhattan Institute and as Vice President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest. By uncovering the real stories behind the scary headlines about vaccines, Vioxx, and antidepressants, Tabloid Medicine shows us how to navigate the dangerous media messages about health we face every day. Putting medical wisdom back in the hands of scientists and physicians, Dr. Goldberg's findings cut through the sensationalism and give us the power to make healthcare decisions with information that can truly improve and save our lives.
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About the Author
Dr. Robert Goldberg is Vice President and co-founder of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, a non-profit institute dedicated to promoting the use and understanding of technologies that make health care more predictive and personalized. Previously, he was a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Public Policy Research, where he was also Director of the Institute’s Center for Medical Progress and Chairman of the Center’s 21st Century FDA Reform Task Force. In 2007, he helped create www.Iguard.org, a web-based drug safety community with close to 1 million subscribers.
Dr. Goldberg is one of the nation’s leading experts on health care policy, FDA reform, and biomedical innovation. Dr. Goldberg recently established and chairs CMPI’s Critical Path Initiative for Personalized Medicine.
Dr. Goldberg has also emerged as an important conservative commentator on the current health care reform debate. Dr. Goldberg co-hosts CMPI's popular blog, drugwonks.com, which gets 15,000 unique page views monthly, is active on Facebook and Twitter, with around 1400 followers, and oversees several of CMPI’s websites.