Ben Goldacre on his work, the future of medicine and his Oxford Career

With his quizzical look and flyaway hair, Ben Goldacre’s departmental photo makes him look every bit the mad scientist, but this scientific polymath (currently an author, broadcaster, doctor and academic) is at the forefront of one of the biggest medical movements in the last 50 years. With the enthusiasm of a Teach First chemistry teacher, he describes himself […]

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‘BBC Horizon: Mend Me’ – tales of modern medicine’s successes, and a bit of bodysnatching…

The BBC’s ‘Horizon: Mend Me’ programme, aired this week, was a whistle-stop tour through the outstanding –and often unsettling– progress made in the field of organ transplantation. Introductory scenes included jarring images of a young man who had had his face entirely burnt away. Even the presenter Michael Mosley, presumably hardened to horrific injuries during […]

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Technology: Meeting healthcare demands affordably

Meeting healthcare needs affordably is truly a global challenge. Rapidly expanding populations, fast changing lifestyles and demographics all over the world make the issue manifold and complicated. Even in countries with well-developed healthcare infrastructures such as the UK, which has relatively straightforward access to care, affordability is not to be taken for granted. We are […]

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