MHRNS Lecture: ‘Telling Stories in the Medical Encounter’, University of Edinburgh

Larry Hergott, Professor of Medicine and Director of Outpatient Clinical Services at the University of Colorado, will give a talk entitled “Telling Stories in the Medical Encounter”. Further details below and if you would like to see Larry in action before the event, you can see some of his work on the BBC website here

Speaker: Professor Larry Hergott

Talk: Telling Stories in the Medical Encounter

Date and time: Tuesday 14th May, 2013,  5pm-6.30pm (followed by a wine reception)

Venue: Meadows Lecture Theatre, Old Medical School, University of Edinburgh

Brief abstract:  Prof Hergott will discuss, through the sharing of writings of others and himself, the power of meaningful language as it relates to medical narrative and poetry. Themes of the writings will include: celebrating the wonders of medicine amidst its difficulties, gratitude, non-judgment of medical practitioners, loss, ageing, and the preservation of the soul of medicine. Ample time will be allowed for discussion.

Speaker biog: Larry Hergott is a practising consultant cardiologist, Professor of Medicine, and Director of Outpatient Clinical Services at the University of Colorado. His scholarly interest is in writing – philosophical essays and poems that typically deal with how medical practitioners and their loved ones lead the medical life, and with patient-doctor interactions. His essays and poems have mostly been published in medical journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Annals of Internal Medicine, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and others. His photography has also been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Professor Hergott has served on the University of Colorado Biomedical Ethics and Biomedical Ethics Consultation committees for over ten years.

This event is free but ticketed. Please register here:

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