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Noted Author, Physician, and Bioethics Expert Carl Elliott Will Deliver TU's 2014 Hager Lecture

Aired on Thursday, January 16th.

On our program today, an interesting discussion with Carl Elliott, a physician, author, philosopher, and professor at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota. Elliott is an active and well-respected critic of what might be called today's Medical-Pharmaceutical Complex; his various books include 2010's "White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine." He's actually a rather prolific and wide-ranging writer and thinker, as per this citation from his Wikipedia entry: "Elliott's scholarly interests include the influence of market forces on medicine, the ethics of enhancement technologies, research ethics, the philosophy of psychiatry, and the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Walker Percy. His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Mother Jones, The Atlantic Monthly, The London Review of Books, The Believer, The American Prospect, and Dissent. He is known for often taking darkly comic approaches to serious or offbeat topics. His New Yorker article, "Guinea Pigging," covered professional research subjects, while an article in the December 2000 Atlantic Monthly discussed the phenomenon of apotemnophilia, the desire for amputation of a healthy limb...." Tonight, Thursday the 16th, Elliott will deliver the 2014 John W. Hager Distinguished Lecture in Law on the TU campus; the event happens in the John Rogers Hall at 6pm and is free to the public. Elliott's lecture, called "Exploiting the Vulnerable in Medical Research," will immediately follow a 5:30pm reception. (For more on Elliott and his appearance here at TU, please see this link.)

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