So tonight at 9pm on BBC Radio 4 (Monday) you can hear the second episode of my two-part miniseries on the placebo effect, one of the most effective and neglected evidence based treatments known to man.
In this show we look at the ethical and practical implications of research into the placebo effect, and discuss whether it’s okay – or even necessary – to lie to patients. The answer, from me at any rate, is “no”.
You can listen to it after 9pm from the listen again link here:
And for those of you who don’t want to install Realplayer, a thoroughly stupid piece of proprietary software that messes with your computer and has the arrogance to put the “Real.com Message Centre” in your taskbar to harrass you with stupid pointless adverts about celebrities (the BBC, of all people, what on earth are they thinking…) then I will illegally record my own programme off the radio and post a proper normal mp3 file on this page once it’s been broadcast, unless someone important reads this and tells me not to.
Here it is.
I genuinely love radio 4 science, as I’ve said before. It takes days and days and days to make a programme, and there’s absolutely bugger all money in it, but they really are the only place in the media where you can find clever people to generate and broadcast intelligent science content (Matt Silver, the producer, was brilliant, and is off to do a PhD in bioinformatics now). I’ve been trying to get them to let me do a short series on the crimes of the pharmaceutical industry, which is what I teach medical students and doctors, and it’s riddled with interesting bits of science and anger-provoking badness. The pitch is in for this round I think, so fingers crossed and all that.
Oh, and my book is out next Monday. It really is. And it’s actually pretty good. I should start going on about it soon.