“America’s Doctor”: What makes Dr. Oz run?

January 28, 2013, 12:26 pm

Dr. Mehmet Oz

Michael Specter’s long, nuanced and mesmerizing portrait of Dr. Mehmet Oz in the current issue of The New Yorker is an absolute must-read. Specter highlights all the facets of Oz’s personality: fierce competitor, TV personality, masterful communicator, skilled cardiac surgeon, compassionate physician, snake-oil promoter, and — at home — Mr. Oz, apparently mightily influenced by his wife, herself the daughter of a famous heart surgeon. As for the topics presented on Oz’s TV show, Specter writes:

“Much of the advice Oz offers is sensible, and is rooted solidly in scientific literature. That is why the rest of what he does is so hard to understand.”

No matter what one thinks about Oz’s work on television, he is a fascinating, larger-than-life character. But certainly read this piece before going to stock up on “miracle” green coffee beans or red palm oil.

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[Photograph of Dr. Mehmet Oz from wikipedia.org]

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