Margaret McCartney

When?
Wednesday, January 30 2013 at 7:30PM

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Where?

40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London NW1 8BG

Who?
Margaret McCartney

What's the talk about?

Welcome to the world of sexed-up medicine, where patients have been turned into customers, and clinics and waiting rooms are jammed with healthy people, lured in to have their blood pressure taken and cholesterol, smear test, bowel or breast screening done.

In the world of sexed-up medicine pharmaceutical companies gloss over research they don’t like and charities often use dubious science and dodgy PR to ‘raise awareness’ of their disease, leaving a legacy of misinformation in their wake. Our obsession with screening swallows up the time of NHS staff and the money of healthy people who pay thousands to private companies for tests they don’t need. Meanwhile, the truly sick are left to wrestle with disjointed services and confusing options.

Explaining the truth behind the screening statistics and investigating the evidence behind the hype, Margaret McCartney, an award-winning writer and a GP in Glasgow. Her interests are risk,
screening, evidence, medical professionalism and ethics. She broadcasts for
Radio 4, writes for the BMJ and the lay press, blogs and tweets, bakes good cakes and is also a mother of 3.

We will have copies of The Patient Paradox for sale on the night at a discounted price from the publisher.

http://www.margaretmccartney.com/blog/