Donate Now

God – The Greatest Placebo Ever Sold

15th June 2016 · 6:30pm - 9:00pm

In person | Virtual event

 God – The Greatest Placebo Ever Sold

Colin Brewer is a retired psychiatrist and was a lecturer and research fellow in the department of psychiatry at Birmingham university in the 1970s. He was subsequently director of the alcoholism unit at the Westminster hospital before becoming the medical director and later research director of the Stapleford Centre in London. His published scientific papers cover abortion, obesity, suicide, anti-depressants, alcoholic brain damage and behavioural psychotherapy as well as addiction treatment.

He is the author, with June Lait, of ‘Can social work survive?’ (Temple-Smith, 1980) and, with Dr Michael Irwin, of “I’ll See Myself Out, Thank You: 30 essays in support of assisted suicide”. (Skyscraper, 2015).

As a medical journalist and previously a regular columnist for publications including the British Medical Journal, General Practitioner and World Medicine, he often wrote about the importance of placebo effects in both scientific and ‘alternative’ medicine and is currently turning his ideas on the topic into a book.

Doors open at 6.30 pm for the talk at 7.00 p.m

Please arrive early to enjoy a glass of wine from our charity wine bar and mingle.

All profits from the wine bar will go to Colin’s chosen charity; Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Please note, we charge a token entrance fee of £3 to help towards the hire of the venue and equipment. If you can’t attend and would still like to contribute or would prefer to pay online please click here.

We encourage dialogue, debate and sharing of information on the CLHG Meetup site but would ask people to keep the comments cordial. Any views expressed are those of the individual posting them and may not reflect those of the CLHG

Read more about how we use Cookies in our Privacy Policy.


We need your help!

We host talks, concerts, performances, community and social events. However, we are an independent charity and receive no funding from the government. Everything we do is dependent upon our commercial activity and the generosity of supporters like you.

Donate Now