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Fake Medical News and its Aftermath
Wesley Mills

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Advertisements online and in the media claiming, “one weird trick” can cure everything from acne to zinc-deficiency are all over the internet and on television "infomercials." Fake medical claims, bogus medicine, and outright quacks have been around for centuries. However, for some reason, people keep falling for these ineffective, suspect, and sometimes dangerous “cures.” In this entertaining lecture, Wesley Mills looks at a short history of fake medical “news,” advertising, and quackery and discusses why modern, supposedly enlightened people continue to fall prey to such specious claims. Is it ignorance, the placebo effect, confirmation bias or just plain stupidity? This lecture will include many images and examples of fake medical advertisements, the quack in artwork, and original patent claims for a few “cures.”

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Wesley Mills holds a master's degree in English from the University of Rochester and a bachelor's degree in both History and English. His historical focus is on 18th-Century British history and culture and on oral traditions and, in particular, folktales, urban legends, conspiracies, and mysteries. His specialty in English is twofold: He focuses on 18th-Century British literature and specializes in college composition, rhetoric, and writing. He is a professor of cultural studies and writing at the State University of New York's Empire State College.

SPL3264
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Date: Monday, March 26, 2018
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$150 for any combination of eight events, members only

No Refunds Will be Given for One-Time Events Purchased Within a Discounted Bundle
Non-member - $35
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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