Ep. 153 Vinay Prasad: Making Conversations in Medicine Great Again

Our guest is Vinayak K. Prasad, hematologist-oncologist. He was an associate professor of medicine at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and in the summer of 2020 moved to the University of California San Francisco.

He is a prolific researcher with a particular interest in the quality of medical evidence and trial design. He is also author of 2 best-selling books: Ending Medical Reversal (2015) co-authored with Dr. Adam Cifu and Malignant: How Bad Evidence and Bad Policy Harm People With Cancer, released earlier this year.

We have a broad ranging conversation about the tenor of medical discourse today and about his main ideas regarding the quality of medical evidence.

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Vinay Prasad: Twitter, Website, and Podcast

LINKS:

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  • Prasad, V et al. “A Decade of Reversal: An Analysis of 146 Contradicted Medical Practices.” Open Access in Mayo Clinic Proceedings with accompanying video of Dr. Prasad
  • Vinay Prasad and Adam Cifu. Ending Medical Reversal. Amazon link.
  • Vinay Prasad. Malignant. Amazon link.

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Ep. 152 Underrepresented Minorities in India: The Reservation System

Our guest is Dr. Somalaram Venkatesh, interventional cardiologist In private practice in Bengaluru, India. He obtained his medical degree and completed his cardiology training at PGI, Chandigarh. He is now director of cardiology at Aster Hospital, Bengaluru. He discusses India’s historical legacy of discrimination, and the solution built into the Indian constitution to rectify this : the reservation system.

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Somalaram Venkatesh, MD: Professional website

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Ep. 151 Brain Death: Challenges and Responses

Does it matter if we call irreversibly comatose patients “dead?” Our guest is Doyen Nguyen, OP, MD, STD. Dr. Nguyen was previously an academic hemato-pathologist and is currently a Catholic moralhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5749302/ theologian and bioethicist. She has authored books and articles both in medicine and in moral theology/bioethics and authored a 600-page monograph that takes a critical look at brain death from a variety of perspectives.

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RELATED EPISODES:

Ep. 35 Why Brain Death Isn’t Death: An Introduction to “Shewmon’s Challenge” (with guest Alan Shewmon, MD)

Ep. 45 Brain Death at the Bedside (with guest Fred Rincon, MD)

Ep. 146 Diagnosing Brain Death: Clinical and Legal Quagmire (with guests Alan Shewmon and Doyen Nguyen)

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Ep. 150 David Cayley on Ivan Illich

Our guest is David Cayley, author and broadcaster based in Toronto, Canada, whose career focused on the philosophies of major contemporary thinkers and on the history of intellectual thought. For 30 years, he made radio commentaries for the acclaimed Ideas radio series produced by the CBC. He is well known for his close collaboration and friendship with the philosopher and social critic Ivan Illich who is the subject of this episode.

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David Cayley: Website

LINKS:

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  • “David Cayley. “Questions about the current pandemic from the viewpoint of Ivan Illich.” (blog post, April 8, 2020)
  • Ivan Illich. Limits to Medicine: Medical Nemesis; The Expropriation of Health (Amazon link)
  • David Cayley and Ivan Illich. Rivers North of the Future: The Testament of Ivan Illich (Amazon link)

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Ep. 149 James Lindsay: Critical Race Theory, Post-Modernism, and Medicine

An American-born author, mathematician, and political commentator, Dr. James Lindsay has written books spanning a range of subjects including religion, the philosophy of science and postmodern theory. He is the co-founder of the website New Discourses and is currently promoting his new book “Cynical Theories”. Enjoy a wide ranging discussion on the Post-Modern movement and how it impacts Medicine

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James Lindsay: Twitter and New Discourses Web page

SHOW NOTES:

Amazon book link: Cynical Theories

John Stuart Mill Essay: On Liberty

Anish’s article in Quilette on the Real Gender gap in Cardiology: https://quillette.com/2019/06/12/the-real-gender-gap-in-heart-disease/

New Discourses website: https://newdiscourses.com/

Podcast on race and estimated GFR: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/race-and-estimated-gfr/id1461664501?i=1000488650915

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Ep. 148 David Heymann and Paul Fine: Herd Immunity Models and Realities

Our guests are Professors David L. Heymann and Paul Fine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Professor Heymann is a physician who held leading positions at the WHO for more than 20 years, coordinating global responses to epidemics such as Ebola, AIDS, polio, and SARS. He also served as Chairman of Public Health England from 2009 until 2017. Professor Fine is also a leading academic figure in epidemiology and public health with broad interests in infectious diseases. Professor Heymann and Professor Fine, along with colleague Ken Eames, have co-authored an landmark review paper on the concept of herd immunity.

GUESTS:

David Heymann: Professional page and Wikipedia page

Paul Fine: Professional page

LINKS:

  • Paul Fine, Ken Eames, and David Heymann: “Herd Immunity”: A “Rough Guide (Open Access in Clinical Infectious Diseases)
  • David Heymann: How SARS Was Contained (Opinion in New York Times)

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Ep. 140. Gabriela Gomes: Why Herd Immunity May Be At Hand

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Ep. 147 Sally Satel: Should Med Schools Teach Antiracism?

Our guest is physician and author Sally Satel, MD. Dr. Satel is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and staff psychiatrist at a local methadone clinic in the Washington DC area. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and an MD degree from Brown University.

She has written widely in academic journals on topics in psychiatry and medicine, and has published articles on cultural aspects of medicine and science in numerous magazines and journals. She has testified before Congress on veterans’ issues, mental health policy, drug courts, and health disparities. She is the author of numerous books including The Health Disparities Myth:Diagnosing the Treatment Gap with co-author Jonathan Klick and, most recently, Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience co-authored with Scott Lilienfeld.

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Ep. 144 John Mandrola: Why Doctoring and Politics Shouldn’t Mix

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Ep. 146 Diagnosing Brain Death: Clinical and Legal Quagmire

Our guests are Doyen Nguyen, OP, MD, STD and D. Alan Shewmon, MD. They join us to discuss troubling development on the legal treatment of brain death.

Dr. Nguyen was previously an academic hematopathologist and is currently a Catholic moral theologian and bioethicist. She has authored books and articles both in medicine and in moral theology/bioethics and authored a 600-page monograph that takes a critical look at brain death from a variety of perspectives.

Dr. Shewmon is Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Neurology at UCLA. His work, comprising decades of well-documented clinical observations and reflections, is now known as “Shewmon’s challenge,” a compelling rebuke to the principal arguments put forth to defend the concept of brain death.

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RELATED EPISODES:

Ep. 35 Why Brain Death Isn’t Death: An Introduction to “Shewmon’s Challenge” (with guest Alan Shewmon, MD)

Ep. 45 Brain Death at the Bedside (with guest Fred Rincon, MD)

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Ep. 145 Damian Carabello on Surprise Billing: Through the Looking Glass

Dr. Damian Carabello discusses the depths insurance companies go to make sure they end up on top.

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Damian Carabello, MD: Twitter

LINKS:

  • Anish Koka long read on surprise billing
  • Damian Carabello “Let’s end surprise billing without a Trojan horse” blog on KevinMD about the problems with benchmarking.
  • Twitter thread on the history of Ingenix
  • Andy Slavitt’s involvement with health insurance fraud case

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Ep. 144 John Mandrola: Why Doctoring and Politics Shouldn’t Mix

Dr. John Mandrola returns to the show to discuss why doctoring and politics shouldn’t mix and how he got into hot water on Twitter for holding that unacceptable view.

Dr. Mandrola is an electrophysiologist in Louisville, Kentucky. He is is cardiology editor on Medscape where he writes a regular column and produces a weekly podcast.

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John Mandrola, MD: Twitter and Website

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PREVIOUS GUEST APPEARANCES:

Ep. 12 John Mandrola: The Case for “Less-Is-More”

Ep. 107 Independent Nurse Practitioners: Public Health Threat or Libertarian Step Forward?

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