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God - the greatest placebo ever sold by Colin Brewer from Secular Medical Forum

A talk on placebo and religion

Colin Brewer is a retired psychiatrist and was a lecturer and research fellow in the department of psychiatry at Birmingham university in the 1970s. He was subsequently director of the alcoholism unit at the Westminster hospital before becoming the medical director and later research director of the Stapleford Centre in London. His published scientific papers cover abortion, obesity, suicide, anti-depressants, alcoholic brain damage and behavioural psychotherapy as well as addiction treatment.

He is the author, with June Lait, of ‘Can social work survive?’ (Temple-Smith, 1980) and, with Dr Michael Irwin, of “I’ll See Myself Out, Thank You: 30 essays in support of assisted suicide”. (Skyscraper, 2015).

As a medical journalist and previously a regular columnist for publications including the British Medical Journal, General Practitioner and World Medicine, he often wrote about the importance of placebo effects in both scientific and ‘alternative’ medicine and is currently turning his ideas on the topic into a book.

Doors open at 6.30 pm for talk at 7.00 p.m

Please arrive early to enjoy a glass of wine from our charity wine bar and mingle.

All profit from the wine bar will go to Colin's chosen charity; Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Please note, we charge a token entrance fee of £3 to help towards the hire of the venue and equipment.


Dr Colin Brewer | talks


Date and Time:

15 June 2016 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



Conway Hall
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
0207 242 8034
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Central London Humanist Group
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