“Let’s say you have a drug that provides a relief of symptoms in 20% of people. In placebo it’s 10%. How many people in that study do not benefit from the drug? Nine out of 10. How many people are exposed to the adverse effects of the drug? 100%.”Robert Whitaker
This interview (by Derek Beres – Earthrise podcast) with author Robert Whitaker is featured on the Big Think website.
Robert Whitaker is an American journalist and author who has won numerous awards as a journalist covering medicine and science, including the George Polk Award for Medical Writing and a National Association for Science Writers’ Award for best magazine article. In 1998, he co-wrote a series on psychiatric research for the Boston Globe that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. His first book, Mad in America, was named by Discover magazine as one of the best science books of 2002. Anatomy of an Epidemic won the 2010 Investigative Reporters and Editors book award for best investigative journalism.
You can watch a video of the interview below:
Or you can read a transcript of the interview (or else listen to a podcast of the interview) here.