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The Forum presents Carl Elliott, March 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Schofield Auditorium

7:30 p.m.

Topic  >  White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine


Carl Elliott is professor in the Center for Bioethics and the department of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota, and an affiliate faculty member in the department of philosophy and the school of journalism and mass communications. His 2010 book, White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine, explores the question of whether health care and consumerism can go hand in hand. Drawing on his professional experience as well as extensive interviews with former and current industry professionals, Elliott combines stories of drug production, research and marketing with tales of bioethicists, professional guinea pigs and pseudo-scientific ghostwriters. His research and experience inform his study of how money has infiltrated the health care system and deception has subverted medical professionals.

Elliott's previous books include Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream (2003) and Prozac as a Way of Life (2004). His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The London Review of Books, Mother Jones, Slate, The American Prospect, The New York Times and The New England Journal of Medicine. In 2011 the Austen Riggs Center awarded him its Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media.

A native of South Carolina, Elliott was educated at Davidson College in North Carolina and at Glasgow University in Scotland, where he received his Ph.D. in philosophy. He received his M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina. Prior to his appointment at the University of Minnesota in 1997 he was on the faculty of McGill University in Montreal. He has held postdoctoral or visiting appointments at the University of Chicago, East Carolina University, the University of Otago in New Zealand, and the University of Natal Medical School (now the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine), the first medical school in South Africa for non-white students. He has been a network fellow at the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and a visiting associate professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He is a fellow of the Hastings Center, an honorary member of the Caribbean Bioethics Society, and a recipient of an outstanding faculty award from the University of Minnesota’s Council of Graduate Students. He blogs at Fear and Loathing in Bioethics.




$8  General Public
$6  UW System Faculty/Staff • Age 62 & Over
$4  UW System Student • Age 17 & Under
Student tickets are $2 until the day of the event
All seats are general admission

A typical Forum program includes a 60-minute lecture and a 30-minute question-and-answer session, followed by an informal open reception. The reception for this event will take place in The Dulany Inn, Davies Center 122. Books will be sold by the University Bookstore for signing by the speaker during the reception.

This event will be signed for the deaf and hard of hearing. Assistive listening devices and large-print programs are also available upon request.

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