You can contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Twitter: @dhfreedman (healthcare, public health, policy, technology, business, behavioral science, more)
I’m a science journalist and author. I’m a contributing editor at The Atlantic, and I contribute off and on to a number of publications, including Scientific American, Newsweek, Politico, Men’s Journal, and others. I’m the author of five books. I also sometimes collaborate with or consult to various academic medical centers and other non-profits and public-service organizations, usually on content and publishing projects relating to improving health systems and public health. I co-founded and for a while ran an online magazine about global healthcare.
This website mostly comprises excerpts from some of my published articles and my books, with an occasional blog-style post thrown in.
I’ve long been primarily a science, technology and business writer, with a special focus on health-related issues, including healthcare systems, public health, health-related behavior change, health-related industries, and health and healthcare policy. As you can see from the excerpts that I’ve posted on this site, I’ve written for a lot of different publications at one time or another, and especially for The Atlantic. Here’s a sampling: Politico, The New York Times, Scientific American, Discover, Newsweek, Science, The Columbia Journalism Review, Forbes, MIT Technology Review, Self, The Boston Globe, Wired, The Harvard Business Review, The Los Angeles Times, Fast Company, Reader’s Digest, Men’s Health, The Boston Globe Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and many more. I’ve also written five books, and I’m working on a sixth.
I live in the Boston area. My byline usually reads “David H. Freedman.” The “H.” is there to distinguish me from various well-known David Freedmans who are not me, including the animator/producer, the late Bible scholar, the North Carolina defense lawyer, the law/boxmaking writer, the neuroscientist, the Trump administration’s ambassador to Israel, the psychiatric epidemiologist, the Australian racehorse owner, the blacksmith, the cricketer, the late gag-writer, the accountant, and the radio-station manager (whom I met when he was mistakenly installed in my hotel room). There are even several people of note who go by “David H. Freedman,” including an international labor researcher who wrote a book on employment, a Michigan lawyer, and a U.S. Army officer. I am not any of them, either. And no matter what Google tells you, I am most definitely not David A. Freedman, the late great Berkeley statistician, whom I interviewed at his home shortly before he passed away, and whose photo, book credits, and level of deceasedness Google routinely interchanges with mine.
My last book was called WRONG: Why experts keep failing us–and how to know when not to trust them. It’s about all the forces that push experts, be they top scientists, high-powered consultants, pop gurus, financial whizzes or journalistic pundits (like me), into misleading us with flawed advice, and discusses ways to tell good expert advice from the dubious stuff. I wrote about the subject for The Atlantic for the lead feature of the magazine’s annual “Brave Thinkers” issue in November, 2010, and substantial articles about the book ran in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, and many other publications internationally. I’ve spoken about the book on numerous radio and television programs in the U.S. and elsewhere. It’s published by Little, Brown, and you can learn more about it here, and find it on Amazon here.
My previous book was A Perfect Mess, published in January, 2007, and co-authored with Eric Abrahamson; the paperback came out in January, 2008. It’s about how disorganization and messiness can be good things. The New York Times wrote a feature article about me and the book, and CBS Sunday morning did a segment on me. You can learn more about the book here, and find it on Amazon here.
I’m the author of three other books–on the U.S. Marines, computer crime, and artificial intelligence–and you can learn more about my books, and browse some of my articles, elsewhere on the site. My work has also appeared in various collections of science writing, and in the Norton Reader.