Unlearning Medicine: Reversals, Placebos, and Natural experiments

Paul and Howard discuss how medicine is changing, and how some common procedures and ideas that were once accepted practice are being abandoned. They also talk about the merits of shouting at your legs, and whether it’s possible to mainline red wine.

Topics:

  • Why some procedures become accepted practice, despite poor evidence
  • The “six weeks” myth in recovering from a soft tissue injury
  • Examples of common procedures being rethought, or abandoned altogether
  • Some candidates for future medical reversals
  • How the coronavirus is creating a natural experiment in which procedures are necessary

Readings:

Music:

“Crossing the Chasm”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Disclaimers apply, and can be heard at the end of the episode.