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Harvey named to Friends of Science in Medicine board

Associate Professor Ken Harvey, from Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, has been appointed to the executive of Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM). He has been an influential member of the Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Health and Rational Use of Medicines Committee and most recently served on the Federal Government’s Natural Therapies Review Committee, which found no evidence for the effectiveness of any of the 18 common taxpayer-supported alternative treatments reviewed. Dr Harvey was a member of the expert group that drafted the World Health Organization’s Ethical Criteria for Medicinal Drug Promotion. FSM was established in 2011 and is supported by almost 1200 leading Australian scientists and clinicians. “No one has done more to protect consumers from the unethical marketing of prescription and ‘alternative’ medicines in our country,” said FSM president, Professor John Dwyer, AO.

Anatomy bestseller from 1613 published online

Columbia University in New York has digitised the 1661 translation of an anatomy “flapbook”, first published in 1613, and which remained a bestseller for 150 years. Catoptrum Microcosmicum, originally in Latin, “explains the human body, using movable flaps to take people down through successive layers”, reports Gizmodo. “The…