All the tests we’re told to take to predict our risk of future disease, the mishmash of advice on superfoods and supplements—health information is ubiquitous. All too often the trajectory of modern medicine moves us toward fragmented, generalized care unsupported by evidence. This talk is an informative and entertaining analysis of what’s really what in medical news. We’ll look at how to evaluate evidence and statistics, and particularly at how to free ourselves from the tyranny of the “normal” (measures of blood pressure, cholesterol and so on). Perhaps we can even learn to ignore Dr. Google.
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Susan Baxter’s eclectic interests have taken her writing from television to transplants and humour to hemodialysis. After a BA from SFU and a variety of (short-lived) jobs, she wrote comedy sketches and for-series television. She then moved to print, where she’s more or less stayed since. From the Sunday supplement in the Vancouver Province (then a broadsheet),she moved to magazine writing (Maclean’s, Flare, Playboard, Easy Living), always as a freelancer.
As one of Canada’s few medical writers during the 1990s, Baxter wrote for physicians—covering conferences and continuing medical education (CME) lectures—and lay readers in publications such as Chatelaine, Health Watch, and BC Woman.
She returned to SFU in 2002 as a doctoral student. Her interdisciplinary dissertation, Medicine, Metaphors and Metaphysics (2006), is an analysis of ethics, health economics, clinical medicine, and medical sociology/anthropology through the lens of policy decisions, notably restrictive formularies.
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