Bailey Lecturing in Russia and Ukraine on the Liberation of Medicine

How technology is freeing both patients and physicians from the medical industrial complex


St. Basil's
Ronald Bailey

The liberal NGO and Esquire Russia magazine have invited me to lecture in a series that looks at alternatives to our social realities. In my case, I will be describing how medicine and physicians gained so much social, political, and economic power of the past century and half. Among other things, I will describe how the American Medical Association was instrumental in criminalizing abortion the mid-19th century; how they gained prescribing power as an early salvo in the century-long War on Drugs; the eugenic justification for compulsory sterilization of undesireables; the declaration of homosexuality as a "sociopathic personality disturbance" that needed medical treatment; and the Soviet political abuse of psychiatry.

I will then turn to how technologies are unfettering us from the centralized medical-industrial complex including IBM's Watson cognitive computing as ubiquitous diagnostician and treatment counselor; the power of open source sharing of genetic information; the immense promise of CRISPR gene editing; the Tricorder X Prize; home doctor visits via telemedicine; the proliferation of wearable medical sensors; and the speed up of clinical trials using health apps like those in Apple's new Research Kit.

If you're in Moscow today (March 24) I will be speaking at the DI Telegraph Building just blocks from the Kremlin at 8:00 pm. On March 25, I will be talking in St. Petersburg at the WEAVERS creative space at 8:00 pm. On Friday, March 27, I will be at the Fedoriv Hub in Kiev, Ukraine. Go to to register. See you there.

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  1. sounds cool, unfortunately i am on the other side of the planet. best of luck, Ol Bailey

  2. Don’t go trying to smuggle that traitor back into the United States when you return. (And by traitor I of course mean Groovus.)

  3. You should look at Oscar, an Open Source EMR which is very popular across Canada. Canadian physicians are not being forced to install EMRs and instead, can contribute to a system which makes their jobs easier.

  4. Isn’t “the declaration of homosexuality as a “sociopathic personality disturbance” that needed medical treatment” pretty much Russian doctrine imposed by law? Do you expect any trouble from that part of your talks?

  5. This is a fascinating subject the way these elements are intertwined w the professionaliz’n of medicine. Pieces of it have been delved into by Thos. Szasz, feminists, & drug reformers.

  6. The first step towards medical freedom is elimination of prescription laws which gives doctors a legal government enforced monopoly over access to medical drugs.

    Once this is done, people now have the legal right to take care of their health as they see fit. To make medical decisions regarding their health as they decide.

    The elimination of professional monopoly (which serves to increase the income of professionals well above what they could earn in a free market) also saves a great deal of money. As much as a trillion dollars a year if not more.

    This in turn reduces our cost of living, making us all “richer” than we would be otherwise.

  7. I’m surprised at no mention of endocannabinoid medicine.

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