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Update 2010-05-18

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Call for conference posters and journal papers
Call for posters for the Selling Sickness conference (Amsterdam October 7-8, 2010) and papers for a theme issue of the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health.

International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health scope to include consumer health
Beginning in 2011, the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health is expanding its scope to include consumer health, a rubric defined to include the aspects of human disease and injury that are determined or influenced by exposure to consumer goods and their components, including pharmaceuticals, food additives, and other purchased products.

New book - A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly
John Sloan has announced a new book: “A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly”.

Conference in Hyderabad: Pharmaceuticals in Developing and Emerging Economies
Conference 2010:  Pharmaceuticals in Developing and Emerging Economies: Production, Innovation, and Access to Medicines in the Wake of TRIPS
Friday 17 September 2010 - Sunday 19 September 2010
Venue: University of Hyderabad, India

Recent HS International News

April: Listening to profits
As the disturbing growth in treatment of children for bipolar disorder shows, psychiatry’s overreliance on drugs – and especially newer, less effective and less well-tested drugs – is needlessly putting patients at risk, writes psychiatrist Nicholas Z. Rosenlicht in San Francisco. Child and adolescent psychiatrist Peter Parry responds to Nicholas Rosenlicht’s article.

May: Variables that predict belief in the appropriateness of drugs
This months issue was first presented as a poster at the Australian National Medicines Symposium August 2000 and is now being made available on the internet. It is an analysis by Peter R Mansfield of responses to an educational case study for general practitioners he wrote for the Australian National Prescribing Service in 1999.


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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