Radio: Unmasking Medicine: Ian Kennedy’s Reith Lectures 1980

As part of the Reith Lectures Archive, BBC Radio 4 has made available for free download the six Reith Lectures given by the founder of the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, Professor Sir Ian Kennedy entitled Unmasking Medicine. From the iTunes Store, simply search for ‘Reith Kennedy’ (the episodes are free to download), or you can download them from the BBC website by right-clicking on the links below:

RLA: 1980 1. The Rhetoric of Medicine

Wed, 5 Nov 80

Duration:
29 mins

British academic lawyer, Professor Sir Ian Kennedy delivers his first Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘Unmasking Medicine’. He explores the concepts of modern medicine.

RLA: 1980 2. The New Magicians

Wed, 12 Nov 80

Duration:
29 mins

Sir Ian Kennedy delivers his second Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘Unmasking Medicine’. He compiles a list of the inappropriate directions that modern medicine has taken and explains why he believes modern medicine has taken the wrong path.

RLA: 1980 3. Suffer the Little Children

Wed, 19 Nov 80

Duration:
30 mins

Sir Ian Kennedy delivers his third Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘Unmasking Medicine’. He explores how to make the National Health Service more efficient and gives his own conceptual blueprint of how he believes it should work.

RLA: 1980 4. If I Were You, Mrs B

Wed, 26 Nov 80

Duration:
30 mins

Sir Ian Kennedy delivers his fourth Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘Unmasking Medicine’. He debates whether doctors are trained enough to make the right judgements on moral and ethical decisions.

RLA: 1980 5. The Doors of Mental Illness

Wed, 3 Dec 80

Duration:
30 mins

Sir Ian Kennedy delivers his fifth Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘Unmasking Medicine’. He explores the concepts of mental illness and demonstrates the shaky ground that it rests on.

RLA: 1980 6. Let’s Kill All the Lawyers

Wed, 10 Dec 80

Duration:
30 mins

Sir Ian Kennedy delivers his final Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘Unmasking Medicine’. He explains how consumerism sets standards, measures performances and provides sanctions for the medical profession.”

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