Thursday, 16 February, 2017 - 19:30

Speakers: Professor Peter Sandercock and Iain Milne

What exactly is the placebo effect? How does it work? How do doctors decide whether a treatment is actually effective? What is ‘good’ medicine and how do you test for it?

Join the Edinburgh Skeptics Society and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh for an evening investigating just what we mean by good evidence.

Iain Milne (Head of Heritage at the College) will discuss some key figures from the history of medicine, including James Lind, pioneer of naval hygiene, whose medical trials were thought to have discovered a cure for scurvy.

Professor Peter Sandercock (Emeritus Professor of Neurology, University of Edinburgh) will then expose the challenges and explore the successes of clinical trials and how they can bring us not only new treatments and new answers, but also new questions.


This event is part of the Edinburgh History of Medicine Group, a collaboration with the University of Edinburgh.