Petr Skrabanek Books

Petr Skrabanek‘s books are all available on the web, but only as large pdf image files, which don’t allow searching or copying and pasting. I OCRed them, so here they are as smaller, text-based pdf files. I haven’t made any effort to manually correct them, and there are bound to be conversion errors.

The Death of Humane Medicine and the Rise of Coercive Healthism

Follies and Fallacies in Medicine (co-authored with James McCormick)

False Premises, False Promises: Selected Writings

These books were once avaialable from the Skrabanek Foundation’s website, which was hosted by Trinity College Dublin, from where Petr worked. The site disappeared without a trace, which is very unfortunate and slightly worrying. I will remove these files at the copyright-holder’s request, but since they are already available elsewhere (albeit in a less useful form) and were once available from a group representing the author, I assume it’s kosher for me to provide them here.

Quote of the Day: Healthism Edition

Health education should provide useful, factual information to enhance rational decision-making, that is, reasoned choice. One of the possible outcomes of such a decision is to ignore the health warning and to accept the risk. Health promotionists would see such an outcome as the failure of their efforts and would describe such a choice as ‘irrational’. The resulting frustration of health educationists leads to the advocacy of more ‘efficient’ methods, that is various forms of coercion by means of legislation, moral pressure and the use of sophisticated, manipulative techniques developed by the advertising industry.

Petr Skrabanek. The Death of Humane Medicine and the Rise of Coercive Healthism, p. 142.

The book used to be available for free download from the Skrabanek Foundation, which has disappeared from the Trinity College Dublin site (I call paternalist conspiracy, by the way). A large (51.6MB!) pdf is mirrored here. Another of his books, Follies and Fallacies in Medicine is here. [Update: get ’em here.]

Devil’s Kitchen makes essentially the same point more directly in the final paragraph of this post.