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The business of rebranding

In Nathan Greenslits’ article “Depression and consumption: Psychopharmaceuticals, Branding, and New Identity Practices”, he focuses on how our ideas about mental health are produced by pharmaceutical companies and are inevitably consumed by the public. Throughout the article, he uses the … Continue reading

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Drug money

As we continue with our theme of clinical trials, Jill Fisher examines the recruitment practices for drug testing on human subjects. She does this through analyzing advertisements as well as three cases of why individuals choose to participate in these … Continue reading

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Recruitment paradox

In McGoey’s article titled: Profitable failure: antidepressant drugs and the triumph of flawed experiments, she focuses on the problems regarding randomized control trials (RCTs). She explores various areas of RCTs limitations including: Providing a summary of the Maudsley debate, problems … Continue reading

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The power of doctors

In relation to last week’s theme, this week Dummit focuses on the ways in which pharmaceutical companies use advertisements to market their drugs. In particular, he focuses on the way in which grammar is used in these advertisements. He goes … Continue reading

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Business as usual…

In his article, Ghosts in the Machine: Publication Planning in the Medical Sciences, Sismondo attempts to explore the relationship of publication planners to the pharmaceutical industry. Their job is to assist pharmaceutical companies in their research and most importantly: the … Continue reading

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The true role of a teacher

Christine Philips provides us with an important insight on the significant role teachers often play in the diagnosis of ADHD within elementary school. She argues that pharmaceutical companies have a vested interest in maintaining high levels of medicalization for this … Continue reading

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A Philosophical Approach to the Social Construction of Disease

These two readings from Ludwik Fleck and Jeremy Simon develop a philosophical approach to the topic of social construction of disease. Ludwik Fleck aims to establish how empirical facts, (in the field of medicine) originate and what this actually means … Continue reading

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