Susannah Cahalan on Brain on Fire and The Great Pretender

Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady | 25 January 2024 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Susannah Cahalan about her books Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness and The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness. Discusses her experience of mental ill health, and David Rosenhan’s 1970s experiment to enter mental asylums undercover to test the legitimacy of psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

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The Fragile Balancing Act: How Healthcare Fails America feat. Bethany McLean

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 12 January 2024 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bethany McLean about her book The Big Fail: What the Pandemic Revealed About Who America Protects and Who It Leaves Behind, co-authored with Joe Nocera. Discusses the paradox of America’s healthcare system – immense spending that does not equate to superior care, a disparity made glaringly obvious during the global COVID crisis. Dissects the financial interventions of recent administrations and biases that tip the scales in favor of the affluent, leaving small enterprises and the vulnerable in the lurch. Examines the swift mobilization that birthed vaccines under Operation Warp Speed, an emblem of successful government-industry collaboration amidst a turbulent political backdrop.

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Hannah Barnes on Time to Think

Baillie Gifford Prize | 9 November 2023 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Hannah Barnes about her book Time To Think: The Inside Story of the Collapse of the Tavistock’s Gender Service for Children. Investigates the controversial story behind the NHS’s flagship gender service for children. Suggests ideological concerns took priority over clinical practice.

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Abraham Verghese Thinks Medicine Can Do Better

People I (Mostly) Admire | 14 October 2023 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Abraham Verghese about his life and work: growing up in Ethiopia and India, coming to America, working as a physician and writer. Explains the difference between curing and healing, and argues that doctors should spend more time with patients and less with electronic health records.

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Peter Attia on Lifespan, Healthspan, and Outlive

EconTalk | 25 September 2023 | 1h 39m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Peter Attia about his book Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity. Argues too much of our health care focuses on lifespan and not enough on healthspan – the quality of our life as we get older. Discusses what kills us, what slows us down as we age, and the weapons we have to allow us to live better and longer.

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Mental Illness Throughout History feat. Andrew Scull

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 10 February 2023 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andrew Scull about his book Desperate Remedies: Psychiatry’s Turbulent Quest to Cure Mental Illness. Discusses the history of psychiatry, including the rise and rapid fall of asylums; the procession of remedies that offered false hope to the afflicted; and his research on the pharmaceutical industry and how the reliance on drugs to treat mental illness has grown.

 

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Rachel Zoffness on The Pain Management Workbook

The Ezra Klein Show | 21 February 2023 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rachel Zoffness about her book The Pain Management Workbook. Argues that pain is more than a physical sensation rooted in the body – it is also produced by the mind and deeply influenced by social context. Offers concrete advice to improve your personal “pain recipe”.

 

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Polly Morland on A Fortunate Woman

Baillie Gifford Prize | 31 October 2022 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Polly Morland about her book A Fortunate Woman: A Country Doctor’s Story. Discusses how she reprises John Berger’s medical classic A Fortunate Man, writing about the work of a country doctor in the same valley as Berger’s work – all while managing her mother’s care for dementia.

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