I expected more.
The Top 20 most popular TED talks ever – 2012 edition – was released this week and you had only two that related to medicine:
- The 2008 presentation by brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor about watching her own brain functions shut down from a stroke (No. 2 with more than 10.4 million views)
- Mary Roach’s 2009 talk “10 things you didn’t know about orgasm (No. 9 with more than 3.8 million views)
TED is the epicenter for cool, cutting-edge thinking. Granted, there is now a TEDMED and healthcare speakers still regularly appear on the main TED circuit. But why didn’t healthcare show up more often?
So take heed, healthcare. Popular videos require panache, a pop culture topic and some star power.
Here are the two healthcare TED talks that made this year’s most popular list.