Past Events

  • Could Poetry Save Doctoring?

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    Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Francis A. Neelon, MD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine

     

    "Doctoring"-- the therapeutic interaction of health professionals with patients -- has two components:  1) transferring information; 2) establishing a healing relationship. Today, over-reliance on information transfer imperils the fragile balance of these components....

    See recording of Frank Neelon's talk.

     

  • Opening Reception: Exhibition Documenting Durham's Health History

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    Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
    • Special Event
    Remarks by Jeffrey Baker, MD, PhD, Director, Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine

    How have racial health disparities in Durham been understood over the past century? To what extent have their structural roots been appreciated? What role has Duke Health played in this history?

  • Race, Medical Research, and Reparations

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    Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Terri Laws, PhD, MDiv, African and African American Studies and Religious Studies, University of Michigan-Dearborn

    What is the moral aim of medical research in the context of race-based health inequity and health disparity? The history of race in medical research is fraught with misinformation, deceit, and disproportionate suffering and burden-bearing.

  • The Arc of the Heart: What the History of the Heart Teaches Us About the Future of Humanity

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    Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Haider Warraich, MD, Associate Director, Heart Failure Program, VA Boston Healthcare System; Associate Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Instructor, Harvard Medical School

    Advances in heart disease have fundamentally changed what it means to be a human being, opening raw ethical conundrums. Technology today allows many patients to survive long after their own hearts have stopped beating. This talk will explore the implications of the commodification of artificial organs and the merger of man and machine.

    See recording of Haider Warraich's talk.

  • Emerson Lecture: Patients Need Doctors with Consciences

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    Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 5:45pm
    • Endowed Lectureships
    Victoria Sweet, MD, PhD

    Victoria Sweet is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and a prize-winning historian with a PhD in history. In her lecture, she argues that the most powerful rule of conscience is the oldest--the Hippocratic Oath's formulation that doctors should enter the exam room solely for the benefit of their patients.

    See recording of Victoria Sweet's talk.

  • Documenting Durham's Health History: An Exhibition

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    Monday, April 22, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
    • Special Event
    Join us for a reception and exhibition examining the roots of health disparities in the "City of Medicine."

     

    How have racial health disparities in Durham been understood over the past century? To what extent have their structural roots been appreciated? What role has Duke Health played in this history?

    This exhibit, supported by a Duke Bass Connections grant, explores these questions...

  • Global War and Disease: The Making of Modern Bodies

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    Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Erica Charters, PhD, Associate Professor of the History of Medicine; Director, Oxford Centre for Global History, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, The University of Oxford

     

    Erica Charters, PhD examines how war and disease intersect with state formation and state power, particularly in colonial contexts. Her 2014 monograph Disease, War, and the Imperial State traces how responses to disease shaped military strategy, medical theory...

  • Emerson Lecture: Medicine, Health, and the Suffering Soul

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    Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 5:45pm
    • Endowed Lectureships
    John Swinton, PhD

     

    John Swinton, PhD is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland who for more than a decade worked as a registered nurse specializing in psychiatry and learning disabilities. He also worked for a number of years as a hospital and community chaplain. In 2004, he...

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