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Book Talk: Do You Believe in Magic?, with Paul Offit

Please welcome Dr. Paul Offit back to Teachers College for a reading and discussion of Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine (HarperCollins, 2013). In this acclaimed book, Dr. Offit shows why the field of alternative medicine should be thought about critically, by all -- from the patient, to the doctor, to the teacher. Using real stories, he reveals how practices and therapies, natural and/or unconventional, in this unregulated industry can be both beneficial and harmful to one's health -- coming to the conclusion that "there's only medicine that works and medicine that doesn't" (Prologue, p.6). Careful evaluation of scientific evidence is the first step to informed decisions about health -- a necessary base for health education and promotion.

Dr. Paul A. Offit is the Maurice R. Hillman Professor of Vaccinology, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Offit has been a member for the Centers for Disease Control and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. In addition to publishing over 130 papers in medical and scientific journals, Offit is the co-author of several books, notably, Autism's False Prophets (2009); Vaccinated: One Man's Quest to Defeat the World's Deadliest Diseases (2007); The Cutter Incident: How America’s First Polio Vaccine Led to Today's Growing Vaccine Crisis (2005); Vaccines: What You Should Know (2003); and Breaking the Antibiotic Habit (1999). He last joined Teachers College for a book talk on Autism's False Prophets.

Dr. Offit will sign copies of his new book from 3:30-4pm, prior to the talk.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Opportunities and Outcomes for People with Disabilities, Department of Health and Behavior Studies, and Gottesman Libraries.

Persons wishing to attend may rsvp via online support by Friday, October 25th.

Where: 305 Russell

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