Azra Raza on The First Cell

EconTalk | 23 March 2020 | 1h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Azra Raza about her book The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last. Raza argues that we have made little progress in fighting cancer over the last 50 years. The tools available to oncologists haven’t changed much – the bulk of the progress that has been made has been through earlier and earlier detection rather than more effective or compassionate treatment options. Raza wants to see a different approach from the current strategy of marginal improvements on narrowly defined problems at the cellular level. Instead, she suggests an alternative approach that might better take account of the complexity of human beings and the way that cancer morphs and spreads differently across people and even within individuals. The conversation includes the challenges of dealing with dying patients, the importance of listening, and the bittersweet nature of our mortality.

The Hundred Billion Dollar Scam with Cathryn Jakobson Ramin

The Breaking Muscle Podcast | 14 August 2017 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Cathryn Jakobson Ramin about her book Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery. Exposes the $100b industry peddling often ineffective and sometimes harmful treatments to those suffering back pain. Describes a variety of therapeutic approaches that are proven to work. The book, and the Vox article that drew my attention to it, were a breakthrough for me after years of constant pain and ineffective quackery.

Marty Makary on the Price We Pay

EconTalk | 10 February 2020 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Marty Makary about his book The Price We Pay. Makary highlights some of the stranger aspects of the US health care system including the encouragement of unnecessary or even harmful procedures and the predatory behaviour of some hospitals who sue patients and garnish their wages to recover fees that are secret until after the procedure is completed. Makary favours requiring hospitals to make their prices transparent. He also discusses a number of ways that employers and patients are trying to avoid the worst aspects of the current system.

The Journey of Munjed Al Muderis from Refugee to World Leading Surgeon

Big Ideas | 2 January 2020 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Munjed Al Muderis about his journey from Iraqi refugee to world-famous orthopaedic surgeon. One hell of a story, with insights on the refugee experience, refugee policy, entitled medical culture, humanitarian work, and Iraq. Draws from his book Walking Free.

Notes from a Transplant Surgeon

RNZ – All Programmes | 26 February 2019 | 0h 21m | Listen Later
Interview with Joshua Mezrich about his book When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon. A compelling account of the work, history and ethical issues of lifesaving organ transplants.

Adam Cifu on the Case for Being a Medical Conservative

EconTalk | 1 July 2019 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with physician and author Adam Cifu about the ideas in The Case for Being a Medical Conservative. Cifu encourages doctors to appreciate the complexity of medical care and the reality that many medical techniques advocated by experts are not always beneficial or cost-effective. The conversation explores the challenges of finding reliable evidence to support medical interventions and the inherent uncertainty surrounding outcomes.