David Spiegelhalter: COVID Statistics, Risk and Medicine

Ben Yeoh Chats | 11 January 2022 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with David Spiegelhalter about his book COVID by Numbers, co-authored with Anthony Masters. Discusses what was most surprising and misunderstood about COVID statistics; how numbers can be emotional and weaponised and what we can do to protect ourselves; what risk techniques we should teach children and think about in everyday life; unintended consequences; agency challenges of regulators; the “Rose Paradox” and “Cromwell’s law”; and the risks of alcohol and how to think about medical statistics.

Trailblazing Doctor Caroline de Costa: Champion of Women’s Reproductive Rights

Big Ideas | 6 December 2021 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Caroline De Costa about her memoir The Women’s Doc: True stories from my five decades delivering babies and making history. Discusses her life and work: travelling across Asia to study in Ireland; campaigning for access to contraception in Ireland; becoming the first woman in Australia to become a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology; the political struggle to legalise the medical abortion drug, RU486, in Australia; and advocating for the decriminalisation of abortion in Australia.

We Can’t Have Medical Progress Without Risk

KERA’s Think | 29 September 2021 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Paul Offit about his book You Bet Your Life: From Blood Transfusions to Mass Vaccination, the Long and Risky History of Medical Innovation. Describes the history of the risks run and sacrifices made to progress the medical technologies and lifesaving therapies that we rely on.

Dr. Robert Pearl: Uncaring

The House of Pod: A Medical Podcast | 17 May 2021 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Robert Pearl, the former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, about his book Uncaring: How the Culture of Medicine Kills Doctors and Patients. Discusses the toxic culture of medicine that prioritises doctor status over patient welfare and the prospects for Amazon to disrupt the delivery of healthcare.

Dr Waheed Arian

Full Disclosure with James O’Brien | 28 June 2021 | 0h 58m | Listen Later
Interview with Waheed Arian about his book In the Wars: A Doctor’s Story of Conflict, Survival and Saving Lives. Describes the arc of his life, from growing up in Afghanistan, fleeing at age 15, arriving in Britain on a false passport, being imprisoned in a young offender institution, to becoming a Cambridge qualified doctor supplying war-torn countries with medical help.

If you like this, try The Journey of Munjed Al Muderis from Refugee to World Leading Surgeon.

Marvellous Medicine

The Documentary | 27 June 2021 | 0h 23m | Listen Later | iTunes
During the pandemic, the world witnessed how fast medicine can advance with an abundance of cash and collaboration. Is progress at this speed and cost sustainable? Explores whether drug development should still take decades, or whether we have learned how to permanently accelerate the process.

“War Doctor” David Nott on Surgery in War Zones

Behind The Knife | 1 July 2020 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Nott about his book War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line. Discusses his work as a surgeon in war zones for aid agencies Médecins Sans Frontières, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Syria Relief. Also backgrounds the work of his foundation which trains surgeons to be able to work in austere conditions in war zones.

Why Are We Living Longer Than Our Ancestors?

History Extra | 29 May 2021 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Steven Johnson about his book Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer (and BBC Four series co-presented with David Olusoga). Chronicles the revolution in medicine and innovations in science and public health that have led to huge increases in life expectancy since 1900.