Today we learn about old school policing and how to sign up for clinical trials. 
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Recently we talked to Norm Stamper about The Police. Plus we talked to Dr. Carrie Wolinetz about The NIH.

Mr. Stamper told us of Sir Robert Peel, who established the London Metropolitan Police Force in 1829.

Prior to the Peelers and the Bobbies and Scotland Yard, England had my absolute favorite historical crime-fighting team, The Bow Street Runners. I won't go into too much detail here, because Robert Peel had some amazing ideas, but you should know that Sir John Fielding (brother to Henry, who wrote Tom Jones) presided as the head of the Runners and was dubbed the "Blind Beak of Bow Street". Sir John, who became sightless at an early age, could discern the voice of over 3,000 of London's criminals. 


But enough of the Bow Street Runners! Back to Robert Peel.

Peel's vision was copped by representatives from the US, who tried to emulate his system of modern policing.


Here are several "peelers" in a completely candid moment. 

Regardless of the fact that we were (as Norm told us) "bad students," it's never too late to go back to school. So here are Sir Robert Peel's shockingly relevant 9 principles of policing.

My personal favorite is #7:

"To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence."

If you'd like to hear how Norm Stamper would change our nation's methods of policing, be sure to check out To Protect and Serve: How to Fix America's Police, or listen to his wonderful interview with Michel Martin on All Things Considered, which includes this quote about the war on drugs:

"If you're engaged in a war, you have to have an enemy. You also have to have propaganda. You don't fight wars without enemies and propaganda." - Norm Stamper, July 2016

The NIH:

That's right, the Institutes. 27 of them. Here they all are.

But one of the most important aspects of the National Institutes of Health that we couldn't get to in the episode is their work with clinical trials. There are hundreds of thousands of trials going on right now, and due to the "open source" nature of the NIH, you can see every one. You could even request to join a trial if you wish! Check out their....

Clinical Trial Locator

You can search by disease/condition, or you can search by location. For example, there are 20 studies actively recruiting for Lyme disease! There are 29k studies recruiting in California, and 239 in New Zealand! Including Humidification needs for those suffering with sleep apnea

But the real meat of that site is that they publish the results of those studies. Like, say, did injecting Botox into the leg cause a significant reduction in Restless Leg Syndrome

Ok, I have to get back to work on our 4th of July episode, and all I'm doing is reading results of clinical trials. Have a good week, civil or not,

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