BME 7900 Seminar - Jeanne Lenzer, Author
Weill Hall 226
We next welcome Jeanne Lenzer, who is a medical investigative journalist and author of The Danger Within Us: America’s Untested, Unregulated Medical Device Industry and One Man’s Battle to Survive It. Illusions, Biomedicine, and Medical Research: From Disasters to Success Abstract: Using real cases of device failures and successes, Lenzer will highlight how illusions in medicine play into (and can subvert) the process of medical device development, research and regulation. Lenzer’s book, The Danger Within Us: America’s Untested, Unregulated Medical Device Industry and One Man’s Battle to Survive It, chronicles the stunning rise of implanted medical devices and how good and bad devices make it onto the market and into the bodies of an estimated 1 in 10 Americans. Bio: Jeanne Lenzer is an independent medical investigative journalist and a regular contributor to the international medical journal, The BMJ. She is a former Knight Science Journalism fellow and clinical policy analyst with the Institute for Family Health, New York. She trained as a physician associate at Duke University. Her book, The Danger Within Us: America’s Untested, Unregulated Medical Device Industry and One Man’s Battle to Survive It, has received praise from notables such as Bernard Lown, emeritus Harvard cardiologist, Nobel Prize recipient, and co-inventor of the cardiac defibrillator; as well as Marcia Angell, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine; and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Deborah Blum. Lenzer’s articles, reviews, and commentary have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Discover, Slate, Washington Monthly, The Scientist, The (London) Independent, USA Today, Newsweek Japan, and Mother Jones among other outlets.