Sept. 23, 2019

The Miscommunication of Medicine: Industry-Sponsored Ghostwriting and the Crisis of Credibility


Join Leemon McHenry as he speaks about corruption in the pharmaceutical industry during his lecture- "The Miscommunication of Medicine: Industry-Sponsored Ghostwriting and the Crisis of Credibility".

Government investigations and plaintiff's lawsuits have brought to light the misreporting of clinical trial results facilitated by pharmaceutical industry ghostwriting. Using documents released in litigation, this lecture exposes the role of medical communication firms and pharmaceutical marketing in the construction of the medical literature, conference presentations and continuing medical education. Prescribing physicians and researchers are confronted with a crisis of credibility in the attempt to find reliable medical information in a post-truth world dominated by message-driven public relations, competing narratives, distortion and deliberate deception. 

6:30PM-7:30PM Lecture
7:30PM-8:30PM Reception

-Light refreshments created by Catering By Design provided after the lecture.

ABOUT Leemon McHenry

Leemon McHenry received his PhD in philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.  He is a retired faculty member of California State University, Northridge and a research consultant to the Los Angeles law firm, Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman.  His latest book co-authored with Jon Jureidini is The Illusion of Evidence-Based Medicine. 

The Mütter Museum will not be open during this event.


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