The Emperor’s New Drugs : Antidepressants and the Placebo Effect

This free course (from Mad in America Continuing Education) includes a lecture video from Prof. Irving Kirsch (Associate Director of the Program in Placebo Studies and lecturer in medicine at the Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center), together with downloadable lecture slides and more.

The course organisers say that it:

“… reviews the ways in which studies of antidepressant medications have been flawed in both design and interpretation and describes how this has affected the FDA drug approval process and the ways in which the placebo effect accounts for many of the positive effects of the drugs. He concludes by reviewing the research literature for evidence of what does work in the treatment of depression.”

You can sign up for the free course from here.

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