The media constantly bombard us with news of health hazards lurking in our everyday lives. But many of these alleged hazards turn out to have been greatly overblown. Starting from the premise that health scares must be understood as "social facts," Geoffrey Kabat sheds light on a variety of factors contributing to the inflating of miniscule risks and emphasizes the importance of focusing on exposures and behaviors that have a palpable effect on health.
Geoffrey Kabat is a cancer epidemiologist whose
research has focused on the effects of smoking,
alcohol, diet, hormones, electromagnetic fields,
and other factors. He has been on the faculty of
the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the
school of medicine of the State University of New
York at Stony Brook and has published over 100
scientific papers. Currently he is senior epidemiologist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in
New York City.