SOCIAL SCIENCES
Worried? Science Investigates Some of Life's Common Concerns
Norton. Feb. 2019. 382p. bibliog. ISBN 9780393712896. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393712902. SELF-HELP
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Biomedical engineer Johnson (physician assistant, Rocky Vista Univ., CO) and neuroscientist Chudler (both, Brain Bytes) take a witty yet scientific look at the many fears disseminated by traditional news sources and social media in an effort to discern their real threat and harm. They categorize popular concerns into areas such as food (gluten), medicine (medical errors), environment (mobile phones), chemicals (mercury), animals (shark attacks), and travel (public restrooms). For each, the authors provide a narrative evaluation (the item's preventability, likelihood, and consequences), complete with a worry index.
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