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Nicholas Christakis: The Better Angels of Our Nature (Health & Veritas Ep. 53)

On the Health & Veritas podcast, Yale physician-professors Howard Forman and Harlan Krumholz talk about the latest news and ideas in healthcare and seek out the truth amid the noise. In this episode, they’re joined by physician, sociologist, and thinker Nicholas Christakis to talk about how humans have evolved to form powerful connections. Howie provides updates on concussions among high school athletes and the use of Ivermectin for COVID, and Harlan remembers Dr. Barry Zaret, an important figure in cardiology at Yale and beyond.

Nicholas Christakis

Nicholas Christakis

  • Nicholas A. Christakis
    Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science, Internal Medicine & Biomedical Engineering
  • Howard P. Forman
    Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Economics, Public Health, and Management; Co-founder, Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership, MD/MBA Program, and MBA for Executives Program
  • Harlan M. Krumholz
    Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine and Director of the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

Listen now:


In Memoriam: Barry L. Zaret, MD

Yale News: “Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society”

Steven Pinker: “The Better Angels of our Nature”

“The Moral Life of Babies”

Nicholas Christakis: “The Spread of Obesity in a Large Social Network over 32 Years”

Nicholas Christakis: “Algorithms for seeding social networks can enhance the adoption of a public health intervention in urban India”

“Concussions are a bigger problem for kids’ football than the NFL”

“Effect of Ivermectin vs Placebo on Time to Sustained Recovery in Outpatients With Mild to Moderate COVID-19”

”These Doctors Admit They Don’t Want Patients With Disabilities”

Learn more about the MBA for Executives program at Yale SOM

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