Book cover of You Bet Your Life

You Bet Your Life with Paul Offit

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Join us on Thursday, December 9, 2021 for a live discussion with Dr. Paul Offit about his new book, You Bet Your Life: From Blood Transfusions to Mass Vaccination. The Long and Risky History of Medical Innovation. Offit is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center and professor of pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. His book covers the risks inherent in medical innovation—from the early days of x-ray technology, to organ transplantation, to blood transfusions before blood typing was understood—and the life-saving innovations that eventually came from most of these risky experiments. Offit will be in conversation with Ronald Fairman, APS Member and Emeritus Professor CE of Surgery at the Perelman Medical School of the University of Pennsylvania.