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Seminar with Peter Mansfield: Against misleading information. Lisbon, Portugal, 9 October 2010

Against misleading information. In the struggle for better health!


Who is Peter Mansfield?

He’s a Family Physician, Research Fellow of the Discipline of Family Medicine at the University of Adelaide in Australia.
He was the founder and is the Director of the international organisation Healthy Skepticism Inc, which aims to promote health by reducing harm caused by misleading information from pharmaceutical industry. This organization includes many physicians, pharmacists and other health professionals.

What is the Healthy Skepticism Organisation?
What attitudes do professional and lay people have to promotion?
What impact does pharmaceutical promotion have on knowledge and behaviour of health professionals?
What effects on the health of users?
How does work the pharmaceutical industry?
It’s possible to have professional formation and medical research independent of the pharmaceutical industry?
In what sources of information should we trust?
Why do we need an independent drug bulletin in Portugal?
What interventions can be made to counter the promotion of misleading information?

Date: 9 October 2010
Time: 17-20h (coffee-break included)
South Region Portuguese Medical Association
Av. Almirante Gago Coutinho, 151
1749-084 Lisbon

Audience: Physicians, pharmacists, other health professionals and respective College Students

Organizing committee:
Isabel Caixeiro
Manuela Santos
Edgar Ferreira
Luís Filipe Gomes
Tiago Villanueva

Promoting entities:
Healthy Skepticism
South Region Portuguese Medical Association

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Far too large a section of the treatment of disease is to-day controlled by the big manufacturing pharmacists, who have enslaved us in a plausible pseudo-science...
The blind faith which some men have in medicines illustrates too often the greatest of all human capacities - the capacity for self deception...
Some one will say, Is this all your science has to tell us? Is this the outcome of decades of good clinical work, of patient study of the disease, of anxious trial in such good faith of so many drugs? Give us back the childlike trust of the fathers in antimony and in the lancet rather than this cold nihilism. Not at all! Let us accept the truth, however unpleasant it may be, and with the death rate staring us in the face, let us not be deceived with vain fancies...
we need a stern, iconoclastic spirit which leads, not to nihilism, but to an active skepticism - not the passive skepticism, born of despair, but the active skepticism born of a knowledge that recognizes its limitations and knows full well that only in this attitude of mind can true progress be made.
- William Osler 1909