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

13Sep/110

The Ethicator’s Moral Hero of the Week: Rick Perry

Posted by B Elliott

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At last night's Republican Tea Party debate on CNN, things got a little testy over Governor Rick Perry's executive order mandating HPV vaccinations for 11- and 12-year old girls.  Michele Bachmann accused Perry of a conflict of interest with Merck pharmaceuticals,  but Perry knew just how to brush it all aside:

“It was a $5,000 contribution that I had received from them.  I raise about $30 million. And if you’re saying that I can be bought for $5,000, I’m offended.”

Amen to that. Perry practically gave it away.  Next time, Merck, if you want to mandate a vaccine, you better be prepared hand out some major scratch.

Got a moral issue you just can't solve?  Send your questions to the Ethicator: info@whitecoatblackhat.com

9May/110

Happy Belated Mother’s Day!

Posted by B Elliott

 

Courtesy of the Bonkers Institute - Click to enlarge

. . . One day late, when flowers are cheaper, anyway.

From a 1967 issue of JAMA, another example of our pharma heroes doing their part to advance women's rights.  "Some say it's unrealistic to educate a woman and then expect her to be content with the Cub Scouts as an intellectual outlet." That's why you need Miltown!

8Apr/110

Speak Truth to Power: Join the Social Media Revolution

Posted by B Elliott

Speak Truth to Power"For the last shall be first and the first shall be last"

Bob Dylan and Jesus could hardly have forseen the truth of these words.  Social media is now the Gutenberg press of early 21st-century brand management.  From the twitter revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt to my own efforts to bring down lying cheapskate plagiarists, social media has become the great, revolutionary, rectifying force for humanity.

That is why you need to "like" my facebook page, and start following me on twitter (@whitecoatblackh), right away.  If you are only checking my blog 4-5 times a day, you are missing out, big time. Worse, if you are not following social media, it's highly likely that your friends and colleagues are already starting to think of you as old and out of touch. Pretty soon, they will stop taking you seriously at all.

Don't let this happen. Be a part of the revolution.

Be the change you want to see in the world.

Be One of Us.

My twitter feed is @whitecoatblackh.  The Facebook page is here.

1Mar/112

The Ethicator

Posted by B Elliott

Sunshine bursting through black clouds

Glorious sunshine bursts through black clouds

All my fans seem to be asking me the same question:  Now that you've exposed and destroyed your brother Carl's book, when will start publishing some ideas of your own?  At what point will we get a glimpse into the mind of the angry gadfly whose ideas were stolen and distorted into White Coat Black Hat?

I thought you'd never ask. For years, I've been cultivating an expertise in bioethics, primarily through various continuing education courses and extensive emailing with famous philosophers.  Throughout my scholarly work, though, I've been frustrated by  the stale, inflexibility of it all. Seriously, I love Aristotle, but let's face it: The Nicomachean Ethics is pre-Internet thinking.

Enter the Ethicator, an advice column with a new, ground-breaking approach to bioethical questions. The title comes from my term "to ethicate", a method of moral deliberation that balances traditional moral concerns against new realities, such as the needs of a globalizing market economy and the demands of a cable news and social media-fueled 24 hour news cycle.

Please submit your questions to the Ethicator:  info@whitecoatblackhat.com.  I look forward to them.

27Feb/111

From our readers

Posted by B Elliott

Thank YouReaders of this blog will know by now that I am not the type of person to blow my own horn.  Nonetheless, today I must make an exception.  Ever since I began seeking industry partnerships a couple of days ago, I've been surprised and humbled by the warm and enthusiastic praise I've received for my work combating the Carl Elliotts of the world.  Here are a few examples:

Renaldo Willoby writes:

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Our friend Golf Cart Enclosures has this to say:

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As if that were not enough, there is also this message from our fan Warcraft:

I dont think Ive seen all the angles of this subject the way youve pointed them out. Youre a true star, a rock star man. Youve got so much to say and know so much about the subject that I think you should just teach a class about it

My friends, I am humbled. When you start a blog like this, you're always asking yourself: Am I just a crank? Am I just some nobody, acting out petty grudges in front of the world? Or could it be that I've touched a nerve somewhere, that there are thousands, maybe millions of people out there just like me, who believe that I am onto something? Tonight, I believe I have an answer. Thank you all.

24Feb/110

I think these would look nice on the site, don’t you?

Posted by B Elliott

Pharma logos

Call me!

24Feb/112

Taking things to the next level

Posted by B Elliott

This Gun for Hire

This Gun for Hire

When I first got snookered into writing this blog more than six months ago, it never crossed my mind that it would turn me into a bioethics sensation. To those of you who've been visiting my blog, those of you who have not been buying Carl's book -- you are all heroes.

Still, my work here is far from done -- and as you may not know, I write this blog for nothing. Seriously, bupkis. And what chance does bupkis have against the Carl Elliotts of the world: tenured professors living high on the hog, double-fisting paychecks from the New Yorker and the Atlantic just for making hard-working people look bad?

It's time this site had corporate support. We're seeking sponsors. Who wants to step up to the plate?