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About this book
About this book
This book is a readable exposition of the real science behind the headlines (junk food, obesity, MMR, Genetically Modified Crops, cholesterol etc)and an expose of the tricks used by the media and campaigners to manipulate statistics and unscientifically sourced data to sell whatever they are selling - be it newspapers or a point of view.
Every week there's another food or health scare. Whether it's British beef, the MMR vaccine or just sunshine itself, there's always somebody to tell you that you are under threat from yet another once harmless everyday activity, or that the food we eat, the air we breathe and the medicines we take are poisoning our bodies. However, as this book reveals, the fact is we are all living longer, healthier lives, while science has advanced to the stage where medicines and surgical procedures are safer and more effective than ever before. So where does the truth lie? Who can we believe? How do we know whose advice is worth listening to? Panic Nation examines the truth behind the headlines, drawing together the country's leading experts in their field to examine these questions. You may be surprised to find that many 'scientific' truths that have come to be circulated as fact would be better compared to urban myths and don't have the backing in the scientific community that is often claimed for them...
Professor Stanley Feldman is a Professor of Anaesthetics at London University and appointed to the Imperial College School of Medicine. He has lectured all over the world on anaesthetics and other related subjects. He has written and edited several books on the subject of clinical anaesthetics and published over eighty papers in medical journals. In addition he has published Poison Arrows, his first popular science book. He enjoys boating and travel.