April 14, 2020

VIRTUAL EVENT: "Overkill: When Modern Medicine Goes Too Far" with Dr. Paul Offit


Due to concerns about COVID-19, we will be offering this presentation as an online event instead of gathering in person. Make sure to purchase your copy of the book, which comes out April 14!

A link to this online event will be sent to registered attendees 48 hours before it begins.

Topic: Hippocrates Was Right: Treating Fever Is a Bad Idea

Join us for our first ever online event with Dr. Paul Offit as he addresses the negative impacts of using NSAIDs to treat fever, such as prolonging and even worsening illnesses. There will be a Q&A at the end of the presentation so please provide questions for Dr. Offit to answer by completing this quick form.

About OVERKILL: When Modern Medicine Goes Too Far :

We all accept common medical wisdom: take your Vitamin C when you have a cold, baby aspirin can prevent heart attacks or strokes, ice those sprains, wear sunscreen. But are these and other commonly used medical interventions—including certain surgeries and prescription medications—really doing what patients and medical practitioners alike believe? Or in some cases are they doing more harm than good? In OVERKILL: When Modern Medicine Goes Too Far, acclaimed medical expert and patient advocate Dr. Paul A. Offit offers an eye-opening exposé of some of the most widespread and egregious misconceptions that are putting many of us at risk—in the name of good health.

“Surely, when confronted with clear, unambiguous evidence that a treatment works or doesn’t work, we embrace the findings,” Dr. Offit posits. “What most people would be surprised to learn, however, is that, in far too many instances, we do not. In OVERKILL, I describe situations in which clinicians have ignored a wealth of evidence and continued to prescribe medicines, or perform surgeries, or promote cancer screening programs, that have been shown to do more harm than good. Sadly, in certain situations, we are still figuratively offering ‘elixir of vitriol,’ treatments or preventives that have been shown again and again to be at best useless and at worst dangerous.”

Dr. Offit, called “a rare combination of scientist, doctor, communicator and advocate” by the Financial Times, writes in clear layman’s terms as he analyzes how misguided medical practices come to be. He explains the biology of what makes them ineffective and harmful, and takes to task a medical culture that continues to promote fallacies.

Featured Author: Paul A. Offit, M.D.

Paul A. Offit, M.D. is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine and a national expert on vaccines, he has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, CNN, 60 Minutes, MSNBC, Dateline NBC, the Jim Lehrer NewsHour, CSPAN, FOX News, and National Public Radio. He is often interviewed in the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and USA TODAY. Dr. Offit is a recipient of many awards, including the J. Edmund Bradley Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics from the University of Maryland Medical School; the Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development from the Infectious Disease Society of America; and a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health.


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