Why Too Much Medical Treatment is Causing More Harm Than Good

Big Ideas | 6 July 2022 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts
Interview with Ian Harris about his book Hippocrasy: How doctors are betraying their oath, co-authored with Rachelle Buchbinder. Argues that much of medicine does not improve health, with too many drugs prescribed, too much surgery performed, and too many unhelpful tests, scans, and overdiagnosis. Suggests returning to the first principles of the Hippocratic oath and ‘first, do no harm’.

I recommend reading Arnold Kling’s response to this episode, which explains that because we pay for health care collectively, as individuals we far over-consume medical services.

Remaking the Face

Science for the People | 7 June 2022 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Lindsey Fitzharris about her book The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon’s Battle to Mend the Disfigured Faces of World War I. Discusses the pioneering work of Harold Gillies to develop plastic surgery to reconstruct the disfigured faces of injured World War I soldiers.

It’s Not All Fun and Games: How DeepMind Unlocks Medicine’s Secrets

Medicine and the Machine | 15 June 2022 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis about his early work developing games, DeepMind’s work on chess and Go, and harnessing the potential of AI in health and medicine.

Alexander Zaitchik on Owning the Sun

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 3 March 2022 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alexander Zaitchik about his book Owning the Sun: A People’s History of Monopoly Medicine from Aspirin to COVID-19 Vaccines. Discusses the evolution of US intellectual property thinking and regulation; the emergence of monopoly medicines; examples of the US government funding the development of medicines only to grant private companies monopolies for their production; big pharma’s capture of regulators; and more.

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.