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Literature & Medicine

A reading and discussion program for health care professionals.

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Meghan Reedy
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Literature & Medicine

Podcast Tim O'Brien

Rebroadcast: Tim O’Brien – Two Heads and the Things They Carried

In honor of the launch of Coming Home: A Reading Group for Combat Veterans, we are rebroadcasting an updated version of a talk by author and veteran Tim O’Brien. This was part of the Literature & Medicine program’s national conference, After Shock: Humanities Perspectives on Trauma, held on November 12 & 13, 2010 in Washington, D.C. Tim O’Brien has been… Read more

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Podcast Tim O'Brien

Rebroadcast: Tim O’Brien – Two Heads and the Things They Carried

In honor of the launch of Coming Home: A Reading Group for Combat Veterans, we are rebroadcasting an updated version of a talk by author and veteran Tim O’Brien. This was part of the Literature & Medicine program’s national conference, After Shock: Humanities Perspectives on Trauma, held on November 12 & 13, 2010 in Washington, D.C. Tim O’Brien has… Read more

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Podcast Ann Kibbie

Ann Kibbie, On the Brink of the Grave: Early Stories of Blood Transfusion

Ann Kibbie, MHC board member and Associate Professor of English at Bowdoin College shares research from her latest project. Professor Kibbie focuses on the the medical and cultural history of transfusion before the twentieth century, from the ill-fated experiments of the late seventeenth century to the re-introduction of the practice in nineteenth-century England. The early… Read more

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Kate Braestrup

The Bad News and the Good News with Kate Braestrup

Kate Braestrup is a Unitarian-Universalist chaplain to the Maine Warden Service, joining the wardens as they search the wild lands and fresh waters of Maine for those who have lost their way, and offering comfort to those who wait for the ones they love to be rescued, or for their bodies to be recovered. Her… Read more

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Podcast Jonathan Shay

Learning About Combat Trauma From Homer’s Iliad with Dr. Jonathan Shay

Jonathan Shay, MD, PhD is a clinical psychiatrist whose treatment of combat trauma suffered by Vietnam veterans combined with his critical and imaginative interpretations of the ancient accounts of battle described in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are deepening our understanding of the effects of warfare on the individual. His book, Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma… Read more

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Lizz Sinclair

Interview with Lizz Sinclair

  Created by the Maine Humanities Council, Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care® is a national award-winning reading and discussion program for health care professionals. The Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s Tom Porter interviewed Literature & Medicine Program Officer Lizz Sinclair when the Literature & Medicine anthology, Imagine What It’s Like, was… Read more

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Podcast Veneta Masson

Clinician’s Guide to the Soul

A former public health nurse with many years’ experience, Veneta Masson, R.N., M.A., is also the author of three books. Though no longer in practice, Veneta continues to explore healing art. The title of her newest collection, Clinician’s Guide to the Soul, was also the title of her conference workshop. “As a family nurse practitioner,… Read more

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Podcast Rita Charon

Keynote Presentation by Rita Charon

Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Clinical Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and the leader of the emerging field of Narrative Medicine. (Click here for a full bio.) As Director and Founder of Columbia’s Program in Narrative Medicine, she guides both aspiring and practicing health care professionals in… Read more

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Podcast Judy Schaefer

Writing Workshop with Judy Schaefer

Judy Schaefer, R.N.C., M.A., is a nationally recognized author, editor, lecturer, teacher, and advocate for patients as well as nurses. Her conference workshop was called “The Courage to Create: Finding Your Voice Through Writing.” If you have pen and paper handy while you listen, and pause the recording when Judy says to start writing, you… Read more

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Podcast Rafael Campo

“Fact” vs. “Truth” in Narrative of Illness

In this conference workshop, Rafael Campo, M.D., M.F.A., defines a “biocultural” narrative of the illness experience, in contrast to the restrictive biomedical narrative encountered in today’s health care setting. He explores how literary works by Frank O’Hara, Debra Spark, Abraham Verghese, and Veneta Masson issue an insistent invitation to share in diverse human experiences. Please… Read more

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