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Update 2010-09-14

European tour

HS Director, Peter R Mansfield and his wife, HS Admin Assistant, Robyn Clothier fly to Europe today. Peter will speak at the following meetings:

Bologna, Italy 24 September
Seminar: L’In-Formazione Sulla Salute
25 September
Workshop with Nograzie group, Informal meeting with medical students
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Newcastle, UK 2-3 October
PharmAware Meeting
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands 7-8 October
Conference: Selling Sickness

Lisbon, Portugal 9 October
Seminar: Against misleading information
Contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Porto, Portugal 11 October
Seminar: Information, education and research from pharmaceutical companies: We can do better!
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Kazan, Russia, 15-16 October
Conference: Quality information for quality use of medicines
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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