“White Coat, Black Hat” Author Talks At Observatory

We’re very excited about hosting this event. Check it out:

The Dark Side of Medicine: An Illustrated Lecture and Discussion With Carl Elliott, Author of “White Coat, Black Hat”


Date: Tuesday, November 30
Time: 8 PM
Admission: $5
Presented by the Hollow Earth Society

As American medicine has transformed itself from profession to a business, it has come to resemble a seedy carnival sideshow, filled with scam artists, propagandists, grifters and pitchmen—and professional guinea pigs who test-pilot potentially dangerous new drugs for cash…

In White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine, Carl Elliott takes us on a guided tour of medicine’s dark underbelly, from the cheap hustle to the Big Con.

Head-turning stories and a rogue’s gallery of colorful characters become Elliott’s springboard for exploring larger ethical issues surrounding money. Are there certain things that should not be bought and sold? In what ways do the ethics of business clash with the ethics of medical care? And what is wrong with medical consumerism anyway?

Carl Elliott prefers to write about himself in the third person in order to give the impression that he is too important to submit his own biography. A native South Carolinian, Elliott originally trained as a doctor before coming to his senses. He currently teaches philosophy and bioethics at the University of Minnesota and writes occasionally for magazines such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and Slate.com.

His estranged younger brother ridicules him periodically at the unfortunate website, www.whitecoatblackhat.com. His attorneys are addressing the situation.

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