Skeptical Salon: Bad Pharma, Ben Goldacre

As skeptics, it behooves us to look into our own backyard as much as into others'. We spend a lot of time defending the medical system (in fact, that's how I spend about 50-60 hours a week). But it's not all peaches and cream. It's important to note the times that the medical organizations we trust have twisted or broken that bond. Not so as to discard them, but so as to remain vigilant...the good and useful can only remain so as long as we keep exposing the corrupt. Man am I sounding high and mighty. But, nevertheless, let's look at some of the ways the 'good guys' can go bad so that we remain ever vigilant in our skepticism. (Isn't there some sort of Batman quote that should fit in well here?) And we can have a jolly good debate over crass materialism and business vs moral ethics :)

A bit of lead time for this book, as it may be a bit harder to get...not sure if there are e-editions or library copies yet.

The full title of the book is "Bad Pharma: How drug companies mislead doctors and harm patients" by Ben Goldacre.

 

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  • Stenya

    Sorry to change my vote... flood damage repair requires our presence :-(

    May 14, 2013

  • Jennifer

    If I'm lucky, I'll be halfway through the book by Thursday, but I have at least 4 hours of discussion points based on the first two chapters! And the food/bev incentive.

    May 14, 2013

  • Danielle B.

    Oops..sorry. Can't make this event, but just wanted to join the group for future events. Book is on my "To Read" list however.

    May 7, 2013

  • the m.

    Dangit I got the book but now I can't make it this day.
    : (

    May 4, 2013

  • Steven L.

    Hooray!

    April 9, 2013

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