Pandora’s Lab

  • by Paul A. Offit, MD
  • Narrated by Greg Tremblay
  • 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What happens when ideas presented as science lead us in the wrong direction? History is filled with brilliant ideas that gave rise to disaster, and this book explores the most fascinating - and significant - missteps.
Pandora's Lab takes us from opium's heyday as the pain reliever of choice to recognition of opioids as a major cause of death in the United States; from the rise of trans fats as the golden ingredient for tastier, cheaper food to the heart disease epidemic that followed; and from the cries to ban DDT for the sake of the environment to an epidemic-level rise in world malaria.
These are today's sins of science - as deplorable as mistaken ideas from the past such as advocating racial purity or using lobotomies as a cure for mental illness. These unwitting errors add up to seven lessons both cautionary and profound, explained by renowned author and speaker Paul A. Offit. Offit uses these lessons to investigate how we can separate good science from bad, using as case studies some of today's most controversial creations: e-cigarettes, GMOs, and drug treatments for ADHD.
For every "Aha!" moment that should have been an "Oh no", this book is an engrossing account of how science has been misused disastrously - and how we can learn to use its power for good.

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More of the medical, less of the political

The medical stuff was pretty fascinating, but the author kept inserting political points that had little to do with the subject matter.
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- Armygunsmith "Yes, that's what i do."

political opinions ruined the book

Although the historical references are fascinating, the Author hurt his credibility by insinuating that Trump is Hitler and Border protection from trespasser's is analogous to Eugenics engineering. disregarding the genuine concerns of people who want to protect their country, culture language health and homogeneity from unscreened mass immigration. the book is to politically motivated. Another liberal trying to sneak in their radical experimental ideology under the auspices of science. Narration was good though.
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- Republic Underground

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-04-2017
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.