The Panic Virus - A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear-logo

The Panic Virus - A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear

Seth Mnookin

More Information

Genres:

Medicine

Description:

The Panic Virus is a gripping scientific detective story about how grassroots radicals, snake-oil salesmen, and cynical journalists have perpetrated the biggest health-scare hoax of all time. It explores what happens when the media treats all viewpoints as equally valid, regardless of facts, from parents who are convinced that vaccines caused their children's autism to right-wing radicals who believe that climate change is a myth. It also explains how the endless quantity of information available online has radicalized partisans by fueling their tendency to filter out anything that doesn't reinforce their way of thinking. Tens of millions of dollars have been wasted appeasing denialists who think the government is perpetrating a health "holocaust" on children. Declining vaccination rates have caused recent outbreaks of measles, whooping cough, and Hib-and children around the country are dying as a result. Like works by Oliver Sacks and Richard Dawkins, The Panic Virus uses everyday experiences to show how science affects our lives. Listeners will learn why definitive proof in science is virtually impossible, how rational decision making is ruled by emotion, and why paupers' graves in the 1880s led to an outbreak of throat cancer in the 1950s.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dan John Miller

Length:

10h 45m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

52:20


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

14:58


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

19:02


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

36:42


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

26:11


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

18:23


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

23:12


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

20:19


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

15:14


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

26:15


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

31:49


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

27:12


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

30:59


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

21:19


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

16:31


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

30:46


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

19:19


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

36:58


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

12:08


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

23:27


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

19:28


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

34:12


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

18:57


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

18:39


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

29:53


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

20:58


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

00:22