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.

Michael Lewis on White House Pandemic Planning

Masters in Business | 3 May 2021 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Lewis about his book The Premonition: A Pandemic Story. Backgrounds some of the maverick characters inside various arms of government that understood what was required to deal with a pandemic. And explains the systemic problems with American governance that got in the way.

You might also like to listen to the first chapter of The Premonition along with a short interview of Michael Lewis with himself about the book.

Ian Harris – Most Surgeries Are Ineffective

Bold Conjectures | 20 January 2021 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ian Harris about his book Surgery, The Ultimate Placebo: A Surgeon Cuts Through the Evidence. Discusses the scientific method, how little surgery is demonstrated to have benefits beyond doing nothing, the need for randomised trials to assess which surgeries work, surgery as the ultimate placebo, and more.

David Herzberg on White Market Drugs

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 2 December 2020 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Herzberg about his book White Market Drugs: Big Pharma and the Hidden History of Addiction in America. Details the three different “pharmaceutical” drug crises in America since the 1870s, the main drug(s) of choice in each era, big pharma’s role in fueling each, the successes and failures of various reform efforts, and more.

Acid Revival: The Psychedelic Renaissance and the Quest for Medical Legitimacy

The Hour of History Podcast | 1 August 2020 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Danielle Giffort about her book Acid Revival: The Psychedelic Renaissance and the Quest for Medical Legitimacy. Backgrounds the rise, fall, and reemergence of psychedelic research and discusses the new generation of researchers working to rehabilitate psychedelic drugs and usher in a new era of psychedelic medicine.