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How Medical Research Died

22nd November 2015 · 11:00am - 1:00pm

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 How Medical Research Died

“Anyone who has been a scientist for more than 20 years will realize that there has been a progressive decline in the honesty of communications between scientists, between scientists and their institutions and between scientists and their institutions and the outside world.” These are the words of Bruce Charlton, Professor of Theoretical Medicine. This sad stated of affairs is reinforced by Marcia Agnell who was the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine for 20 years, arguably the highest impact medical journal in the world. “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines.” Dr Kendrick will explain how we have traveled to this crisis point.

Malcolm Kendrick is a Scotsman, practising GP, blogger and author, who now lives in Cheshire. He has worked with NICE, the European Society of Cardiology ESC and the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine in Oxford. He has been a trenchant critic of the ‘cholesterol hypothesis’ for many years and wrote the book The Great Cholesterol Con. He is very concerned about the potential for bias and manipulation that seems to have become ubiquitous in medical research, and his most recent book Doctoring Data looks at the way that data are distorted and manipulated, often for commerical purposes.

Doors 10.30. Entry £3, £2 concs./free to Conway Hall Ethical Society members.

Tea, coffee & biscuits will be available.

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