Dr. Walter Bortz of Portola Valley will speak on his new book, "New Medicine: The Science and Civics of Health," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.
In the book, Dr. Bortz focuses on why he thinks American medicine is spiraling toward disaster. He argues that the financial interests of biotech and drug companies have distorted the healthcare system. Thanks to them, he says, medicine today is economically motivated to treat disease rather than to prevent it.
Dr. Bortz is a clinical associate professor of medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and a graduate of Williams College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has written extensively on the importance of physical exercise in promoting longevity.
For more information from Kepler's, click here.
Dr. Bortz is also scheduled to speak to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Feb. 22. For information on that, click here.