Mellon-Sawyer "Suffer Well" Seminar with Pauline Chen - "Swimming in the Sea: A Surgeon on Suffering"
Center for Medical Humanities Oct 17 2019 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Science and Engineering
Few professions see as much human suffering as medicine, a calling devoted to caring for the ill. But in a field that also systematically depersonalizes dying, how do physicians react to and understand the suffering of their patients? Dr. Chen will draw on her own clinical experiences and on research from medicine and the social sciences and humanities to address these questions and to reconsider how the medical model might help us all suffer well.
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This event is part of the Mellon-Sawyer "Suffer Well" Seminar Series and is made possible by generous support from the Mellon Foundation. The Sawyer Seminar is a yearlong series that will offer lectures, symposia and presentations from invited speakers that explore human suffering in its various forms and to develop future scholarly projects that confront directly the place of suffering in human experience.