Is there momentum for exploration of disease-mongering?
In October of 2010, I flew to Amsterdam to attend an international conference called “Selling Sickness.”
Well, “Selling Sickness” comes to the U.S. February 20-22 – with a conference, “Selling Sickness 2013: People Before Profits,” in Washington, DC.
(Although it might be pointed out that “selling sickness” has, indeed, in practice, already come to the U.S. and may have even been invented here.)
The driving force behind the event is Kim Witczak, whose husband Woody committed suicide while taking an antidepressant that was prescribed for insomnia, according to the Woody Matters website that Kim created. She attended the Amsterdam 2010 event and was immediately inspired to plan a U.S. version. Her co-organizer was Leonore Tiefer, PhD, who may be best known for her writings about the disease-mongering of female sexual dysfunction.
I’ll moderate a roundtable discussion on the dissemination of health care news from journals and journalists. A quick search using “disease-mongering” as our search term yields many results of things we’ve written about on the topic in recent years, including the sub-themes of:
To get the full context on what we’ve written about these topics, you’ll need to search on the site.
Maybe I’ll see you in Washington.
Addendum on May 21: The BMJ published an editorial, “A call to challenge the ‘Selling of Sickness.’ ”
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