Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Read "Sicko-nomics" in Slate.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
"Possessions were symbols of refinement and politeness. They helped to define individual identity. They even shaped their owners’ physical deportment and behaviour, for knives and forks, cups and teapots, fragile porcelain and increasingly delicate furniture imposed a distinctively mannered way of eating, drinking, moving and sitting. In this way the consumption of goods created social differences as well as expressing them." So writes Thomas Keith in "To Buy or Not to Buy: The Origins of Good Taste."
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
So says Atul Gawande in The New Yorker.
In 2002, just as the rest of the world was reading headlines about the dangers of hormone replacement therapy, the University of Wisconsin was setting up a Wyeth-funded CME course encouraging doctors to prescribe it. "For the next six years, thousands of doctors from around the country took the online course that was funded entirely by a $12 million grant from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, which makes the hormone therapy drugs used in the study, Prempro and Premarin. The university received $1.5 million of that total, and university faculty received money as well." Read more in the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
"Wittenborn psychiatric rating scales take their name from Dr. J. R. Wittenborn, a research scientist whose fields of expertise included psychopharmacology and the evaluation of responses to psychotropic drugs. Now his son, Dirk Wittenborn, has written a guide to evaluating his father. Pharmakon is the younger Mr. Wittenborn’s novel about the family of a narcissistic, opinionated and dangerous patriarch whose work’s influence extends to the lives of his relatives — and beyond. 'If there’s brain candy in your medicine cabinet,' the narrator maintains, 'chances are my father’s messed with your head, too.'" Read Janet Maslin's review of Pharmakon in The New York Times.