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Christopher Wanjek, "Bad Medicine: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Distance Healing to Vit

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Christopher Wanjek, "Bad Medicine: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Distance Healing to Vitamin O"
Wiley | ISBN 047143499X | 2002 Year | linked PNG-files | 22,45 Mb | 288 Pages


For skeptics, always fans of science: The first two books in a series devoted to "bad science," Bad Astronomy by Philip Plait and Bad Medicine (Wiley, $15.95) by Christopher Wanjek, may warm even a Scrooge's heart. In short chapters, Plait tackles misperceptions about why the moon looks larger on the horizon and why stars twinkle before moving on, dismantling conspiracy kooks who doubt the moon landing and offering a top 10 list of bad science moments in movie history. Wanjek, a science writer who has also written jokes for The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live, takes an edgy and funny tack in debunking myths such as humans using only 100f their brains, the utility of "anti-bacterial" toys and the safety of "natural" herbal remedies, ones often loaded with powerful chemicals.