Nova Scotia-based emergency room physician, Dr. Chris Milburn, is gearing up to host the second annual “Free Speech in Medicine” conference at the end of October. The three-day conference, set to take place from October 27 to October 29 in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, aims to provide a platform for doctors, scientists, and medical professionals to openly discuss contentious topics in medicine and science.
Scientific integrity is at the core of this conference, and Dr. Milburn, who has faced his fair share of controversy, believes that medical professionals should be allowed to express their professional opinions without fear of professional consequences. He has previously been investigated by his regulatory body and has been accused of ‘wrong speak’ for questioning COVID-related policies handed down by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Robert Stang. Now, together with his wife, psychiatrist and writer Julie Curwin, Dr. Milburn is working to create a space where open dialogue and debate can flourish.
One of the main goals of the conference is to challenge the “illusion of consensus” that often surrounds controversial issues in medicine and science. Dr. Milburn argues that science is built on debate and refutation, and by stifling opposing viewpoints, the true nature of these issues is obscured. This suppression of debate has been particularly evident throughout the COVID era, but it is also seen in other areas such as transgenderism, drug policy, and approaches to obesity.
The conference will explore various topics, including the rise of the biomedical surveillance state during the COVID pandemic and the role of regulatory colleges in governing free speech. Additionally, there will be discussions on hot-button issues like transgenderism and harm reduction drug policy. The goal is to create a supportive environment for medically-minded individuals who prioritize scientific integrity and value open discourse.
The importance of allowing diverse perspectives in the medical field cannot be overstated. By fostering an environment of free speech and open dialogue, medical professionals will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, challenge assumptions, and ultimately arrive at more informed and objective conclusions. The conference aims to provide a platform for these discussions and to unite individuals who are passionate about upholding scientific integrity.
Dr. Milburn and his wife, Julie Curwin, have organized the conference with the hope of encouraging greater transparency in the medical community and advocating for the rights of medical professionals to express their opinions without fear of repercussions. They believe that by breaking down the barriers to communication and promoting a culture of free speech, the medical field can progress in a more inclusive and innovative manner.
With a goal of reaching 50,000 signatures, Dr. Milburn and Julie Curwin hope to make a significant impact with this conference and initiate meaningful change in the medical community. Through their efforts, they aim to stop the silencing of medical professionals and create a more open and dynamic space for discussions on contentious topics in medicine and science.