the illusions of psychiatry …

Marcia Angell summarizes the ‘medicalization’ of psychiatry and its support by the pharmaceutical industry. There are many lessons here for palliative care as both a discipline and in its practice. “In short, a powerful quartet of voices came together during the 1980’s eager to inform the public that mental disorders were brain diseases. Pharmaceutical companies […]

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medical research itself under the microscope …

… the Atlantic Monthly on Dr. John Ioannidis’ research on the quality of medical research – “Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science“. Ioannidis shows that over 3/4 of non-randomized and as many as 1/4 of randomized studies are wrong. “The studies were biased,” he says. “Sometimes they were overtly biased. Sometimes it was difficult to

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