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Author: Paul A. Offit Narrator: Tom Perkins Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9781494582029
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In recent years, there have been major outbreaks of whooping cough among children in California, mumps in New York, and measles in Ohio’s Amish country—despite the fact that these are all vaccine-preventable diseases. Although America is the most medically advanced place in the world, many people disregard modern medicine in favor of using their faith to fight life threatening illnesses. In twenty-first century America, how could this be happening?

Acclaimed physician and author Dr. Paul Offit chronicles the stories of these faithful and their children, whose devastating experiences highlight the tangled relationship between religion and medicine in America. Religious or not, this issue reaches everyone—whether you are seeking treatment at a Catholic hospital or trying to keep your kids safe from diseases spread by their unvaccinated peers.

Replete with vivid storytelling and complex, compelling characters, Bad Faith makes a strenuous case that denying medicine to children in the name of religion isn’t just unwise and immoral, but a rejection of the very best aspects of what belief itself has to offer. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Offit masterfully points out that the denial of medicine in the name of religion actually rejects the basic teaching of religious faith.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • Offit masterfully points out that the denial of medicine in the name of religion actually rejects the basic teaching of religious faith. Library Journal Starred Review
  • “Offit is unflinching in his examination of the lethal costs of belief taken to irrational extremes.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A thought-provoking discussion of the conflict between society’s right to protect all children and the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Paul A. Offit is an author and a pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases and an expert on vaccines, immunology, and virology. He is the coinventor of a rotavirus vaccine that has been credited with saving hundreds of lives every day. He is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology, professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine 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. He has been a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advisory committee on immunization.

About the Narrator

Jo Anna Perrin is an audiobook narrator whose readings include Disarming the Narcissist by Wendy T. Behary, You Lost Me There by Rosecrans Baldwin, American Freak Show by Willie Geist, and many others.