Biographical Sketches

Stephen Barrett, M.D.
July 24, 2010
Stephen Barrett, M.D.

Stephen Barrett, M.D., a retired psychiatrist who resides in Allentown, Pennsylvania, has achieved national renown as an author, editor, and consumer advocate. In addition to heading Quackwatch, In addition to heading Quackwatch, he is vice-president of the Institute for Science in Medicine and a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry). In 1984, he received an FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation Award for Public Service in fighting nutrition quackery. In 1986, he was awarded honorary membership in the American Dietetic Association. From 1987 through 1989, he taught health education at The Pennsylvania State University. He is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America and received the 2001 Distinguished Service to Health Education Award from the American Association for Health Education.

An expert in medical communications, Dr. Barrett operates 20 Web sites; edits Consumer Health Digest (a weekly electronic newsletter); is medical editor of Prometheus Books; and is a peer-review panelist for several top medical journals. His 49 books include The Health Robbers: A Close Look at Quackery in America and six editions of the college textbook Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions. One book he edited, Vitamins and Minerals: Help or Harm?, by Charles Marshall, Ph.D., won the American Medical Writers Association award for best book of 1983 for the general public and became a special publication of Consumer Reports Books. His other classics include Health Schemes, Scams, and Frauds, published by Consumer Reports Books; The Vitamin Pushers: How the “Health Food” Industry Is Selling America a Bill of Goods, published by Prometheus Books; and Reader’s Guide to “Alternative” Health Methods, published by the American Medical Association. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, he wrote or edited several of the American Cancer Society’s position statements on questionable methods and co-edited the book Dubious Cancer Treatment, which was published by the society’s Florida division.

Peter J Moran MB, BS, BSc(Med), FRACS, FRCS(Eng)

Dr Moran is a retired general surgeon who lives in South Queensland. His BSc research related to nucleic acid metabolism in viral infections. He graduated in medicine from Sydney University in 1962 and was later admitted as a Fellow of both the Australian and English Colleges of Surgeons. His career has included elements of research, the teaching of anatomy and surgery, as well as private and public practice as a specialist surgeon in major English and South Queensland hospitals. His main career interest was in breast and abdominal surgery. Before retiring, he developed an intense interest in healthfraud, especially in relation to cancer treatment. This has become his main interest in retirement.

This page was revised on July 24, 2010.