Category: Medicine

"…patient/doctor relations were forever changed by Inglis's efforts"

Brian Inglis
Brian Inglis (1916-1993) was neither the first nor only author to question blind obedience to doctors. Nonetheless, his controversial classic “Fringe Medicine” (1964, Faber and Faber) ushered in the modern era of patient advocacy, laying the foundations for today’s wellness movement. The author’s traversal of this field laid out options for desperate patients ill-served by conventional therapies and determined to recapture their health. How well has Inglis’s campaign withstood the test of time?
Inglis’s warnings of antibiotic resistance are remarkably prescient. In other areas he may have gone too far (the “black box,” used in the technique of radiesthesia, has faded from view). Self-censorship was never Brian’s forte, and his polemics unleashed a counter-revolution with the rise of the global skeptical movement in the 1970s.
The fact remains that patient/doctor relations were forever changed by Inglis’s efforts. Join us at interlitq.org as Brian’s son Neil Langdon Inglis reviews “Fringe Medicine,” soon to be re-released by Endeavour Media in an e-book edition.

Neil Langdon Inglis, Interlitq's U.S. Editor, to review Brian Inglis's book, "Fringe Medicine"

Brian Inglis
Brian Inglis (1916-1993) was neither the first nor only author to question blind obedience to doctors. Nonetheless, his controversial classic “Fringe Medicine” (1964, Faber and Faber) ushered in the modern era of patient advocacy, laying the foundations for today’s wellness movement. The author’s traversal of this field laid out options for desperate patients ill-served by conventional therapies and determined to recapture their health. How well has Inglis’s campaign withstood the test of time?
Inglis’s warnings of antibiotic resistance are remarkably prescient. In other areas he may have gone too far (the “black box,” used in the technique of radiesthesia, has faded from view). Self-censorship was never Brian’s forte, and his polemics unleashed a counter-revolution with the rise of the global skeptical movement in the 1970s.
The fact remains that patient/doctor relations were forever changed by Inglis’s efforts. Join us at interlitq.org as Brian’s son Neil Langdon Inglis reviews “Fringe Medicine,” soon to be re-released by Endeavour Media in an e-book edition.
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Leading neuroscientist Baroness Greenfield becomes Doctor of Science

Susan Greenfield
Susan Greenfield

Baroness Susan Greenfield has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by Northumbria University, Newcastle, for her ground-breaking research into Alzheimer’s disease.

The leading neuroscientist, writer and broadcaster heads up a multi-disciplinary research group exploring brain mechanisms linked to neurodegeneration.

She is also the founding director of a company developing a novel approach to both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and has written a book exploring how young people’s brains are affected by modern digital technologies.

Baroness Greenfield is a big supporter of the role of science in education. She holds an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and is a member of the House of Lords, having been granted a non-political life peerage.

Awarded a CBE in 2000 for her contributions to the public understanding of science, Baroness Greenfield has received both L’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur from the French Government, and the American Academy of Achievement Golden Plate award.

As well as campaigning to encourage more women to become scientists, Baroness Greenfield’s priority is to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and she is currently working hard in her Oxford lab to develop an anti-Alzheimer’s drug.

Baroness Greenfield firmly believes that just 20 years from now, drugs could be readily available that will significantly slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, or perhaps even eradicate it entirely.

At school, the Baroness did the entrance exam in Latin, Greek, Ancient History and Maths; going on to read Classics at St Hilda’s College, Oxford.  She soon, however, switched to philosophy and psychology, and finally to neuroscience.

Whilst at Northumbria, the Baroness was given a tour of the University’s Health and Life Science facilities, including a visit to the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre. She was awarded her honorary degree with students from the University’s Engineering and Environment courses, cementing her views on the importance of education in science subjects.