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Cafe Scientifique: Pharmageddon!From Cafe Scientifique's website:
Are prescription medicines safe? Are the side effects of drugs brushed under the carpet? Who regulates medical testing? Who controls the regulators? Why do we not see all the results of medical tests? Why are drugs so expensive? Have the large pharmaceutical companies hijacked the healthcare budget?
In the struggle against money, can data, honesty and evidence prevail?
Professor David Healy will reveal the secrets behind randomized controlled trials. He will demonstrate how statistics can be manipulated to hide unpleasant truths (and inconvenient corpses). He will tell us how medicine could be rescued from its present predicament.
David Healy is Professor of Psychiatry at Bangor University. He has written a number of books about anti-depressants and other psychiatric treatments (including ‘Let Them Eat Prozac’ and ‘Pharmageddon’ which covers our current crisis in healthcare).
We'll be meeting at 7:40pm to ensure we can get seats. If you want to get something to eat, you should aim to arrive at 7pm.