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RATIONALLY SPEAKING PODCAST LIVE: WITH GUEST BEN GOLDACRE

  • Feb 21, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • University Settlement

Join us first for a special lecture by Dr. Benjamin Goldacre about his new book, Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients, and then Dr. Goldacre will be our special guest on a live taping of the Rationally Speaking podcast.

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We like to imagine that medicine is based on evidence and the results of fair tests. In reality, those tests are often profoundly flawed. We like to imagine that doctors are familiar with the research literature about a drug, when in reality much of the research is hidden from them by drug companies. We like to imagine that doctors are impartially educated, when in reality much of their education is funded by the pharmaceutical industry. We like to imagine that regulators let only effective drugs onto the market, when in reality they approve useless drugs, with data on side effects casually withheld from doctors and patients.

All these problems have been shielded from public scrutiny because they’re too complex to capture in a sound bite. But Ben Goldacre shows that the true scale of this murderous disaster fully reveals itself only when the details are untangled. He believes we should all be able to understand precisely how data manipulation works and how research misconduct on a global scale affects us.

With Goldacre’s characteristic flair and a forensic attention to detail, Bad Pharma reveals a shockingly broken system and calls for something to be done. This is the pharmaceutical industry as it has never been seen before.

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Good, but pretty dry. The discussion got overly technical & arcane, filled with industry jargon. I consider myself reasonably well educated and intelligent, but I'm not a doctor. Wish it was a bit more 'layperson-friendly' (NOT dumbed down).

    February 22, 2013

    • M. Hans L.

      The book is quite accessible.

      February 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am sure it is.

      February 22, 2013

  • Apoorva M.

    Excellent. I haven't read Dr. Goldacre's books (yet), but I do like his speaking very much. I thought his ability to be articulate, clear, and humorous off-the-cuff worked well with Pigliucci's and Galef's questions and interjections. He's convinced me of the importance and scope of the missing-clinical-trial problem, and his claims about the pharmaceutical industry and regulators are measured and evidence-based as a scientist's should be.

    1 · February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Family commitment; will have to miss this.

    February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone carpooling from long island for this?

    February 21, 2013

  • Dorothy K.

    What is the timing on Dr. Goldacre's lecture v. the Podcast. Which is going to take place at 7pm?

    February 19, 2013

    • Benny P.

      The lecture will be the podcast, followed by a Q&A.

      February 19, 2013

  • Jonathan K.

    I just finished this book. Awesome! Scary! I used to divide the world of medicine between conventional medicine and alternate to medicine. Now I think I should call conventional medicine experimental medicine to reflect all the uncertainties this book highlights. Anyway wild horses couldn't keep me away.

    February 12, 2013

    • Michael T.

      Indeed we have a long way to go with medicine. A skeptical approach will help in both ironing out the flaws in conventional medicine, and eliminating alternative medicines (so that we can focus on ironing out the flaws in conventional!). James Randi puts it best: alternative medicine can be defined as either "not proven to work" or "proven not to work". As soon as alternative medicine is proven, we just call it medicine. A skeptical approach is much needed all around...

      1 · February 12, 2013

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