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In the midst of Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. Johnson & Johnson has announced it will stop selling skin whitening creams.

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On this edition of Your Call, we're speaking with award-winning investigative journalist Gerald Posner about his new book, Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America.

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On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Italy and other hard hit European countries. According to The European Commission, Europe’s economy will shrink by 7.4 percent this year.

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American author Katherine Eban has put Indian pharma on the literary map...


On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the new documentary DRUG$.

Philosophy Talk: Diseases of the Mind

Nov 17, 2017

How do mental disorders differ from diseases of the body? 


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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual is the primary reference catalog for mental health illnesses. But whereas a medical textbook will show you the picture of a broken bone or a tumor, leaf through the DSM and you will find just one thing: lists of symptoms. Who creates these lists, and based on what criteria? Do such lists really capture the nature of a mental illness? What does it mean to be a disease of the mind versus a disease of the body? Does our classification system construct mental illness, or does it reveal underlying facts from genetics or neuroscience?