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How psychiatry, like the Catholic Church, is in denial


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Psychiatrist David Healy gave this talk September 24th, 2011, at a conference organized by Health Action International Europe and Critical Voices Network Ireland at the University College Cork. Title: ‘Mad Medicine: Do conflicts of interest drive you crazy?’


The Cardinals of Psychiatry


"Slightly over 10 years ago the previous Pope convened a meeting of US cardinals when it became clear that the Catholic Church faced a major child abuse problem.


We face a comparable crisis in psychiatry – and medicine. There is no medical pope but there are lots of Cardinals and it is not clear that our Cardinals are getting to grips with the crisis any better than the US Cardinals or Irish Cardinals have done.


There is a widespread recognition that there is a problem. In terms of pinpointing what is wrong, the answer most often heard today is that medical academics are paid by the pharmaceutical industry to give talks and to run clinical trials. That they have conflicts of interest. Supposedly because they are paid, they offer views that suit the industry. This is not where the problem lies...."


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