Sep 23, 2017
This week I have had the honour of interviewing Dr Irving Kirsch.
Dr Kirsch is Associate Director of the Program in Placebo Studies and lecturer in medicine at the Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is also Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Plymouth and the University of Hull in the UK and University of Connecticut in the US. He has published 10 books and more than 250 scientific journal articles and book chapters on placebo effects, antidepressant medication, hypnosis, and suggestion. He originated the concept of response expectancy. His meta-analyses on the efficacy of antidepressants were covered extensively in the international media and influenced official guidelines for the treatment of depression in the United Kingdom. His 2009 book, The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth, was shortlisted for the prestigious Mind Book of the Year award and was the topic of 60 Minutes segment on CBS and a 5-page cover story in Newsweek.
In this interview, we discuss Dr Kirsch’s research into the placebo effect and the efficacy of drugs used for depression.
In this episode we discuss:
The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth
The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth (video)
60 Minutes: Treating Depression: Is there a placebo effect? (video)
Antidepressants and the Placebo Effect
Initial Severity and Antidepressant Benefits: A Meta-Analysis of Data Submitted to the Food and Drug Administration
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