Eugene Straus, M.D. – Medical Marvels, Compassion, and Skepticism

August 11, 2006

Eugene Straus, M.D., is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine. He’s also served as a senior faculty member at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In these positions, he directed research, teaching, and clinical activities for thirty-five years. He has published over 150 scientific papers and text book chapters. He has also traveled very widely to observe health care in many parts of the world, and has advised the Health Ministries of India and China. He is a member of many research and clinical societies.
In this interview with DJ Grothe, he discusses his new book, Medical Marvels: The 100 Greatest Advances in Medicine. He also details some of the problems he sees in current medicine and gives advice to consumers who are inundated with so many suggested alternatives to medical science.
Also in this episode, Lauren Becker explores some of the reasons “Alt Med” may be attractive to its adherents despite the lack of evidence to support its claims.