Type Book
Date 2021-01-12
Pages 272
Tags nonfiction, galley

Viral BS: Medical Myths and Why We Fall for Them

I am reminded of Who Says You're Dead?.

The outstanding feature of Viral BS is its variety. Yasmin tackles questions from "Do the flat tummy detox teas touted by Instagram celebrities actually work?" (no, of course not) to "Did the US government infect people with syphilis and gonorrhea?" (yes, unfortunately).

Reading a chapter a day is a great way to broaden your horizons, and the many different topics covered ensure that it remains engaging. Viral BS is well worth a read.

Notes

30. Did the US government infect people with syphilis and gonorrhea?

This chapter discusses unethical medical experimentation.

36. Is suicide contagious?

Discusses outbreaks of suicide. Discusses Netflix's 13 Reasons Why and Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther.

Name Role
Johns Hopkins University Press Publisher
Seema Yasmin Author