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Pauline Chen, M.D.

(2012/2013 Lectures)

Tue, Jan 22
8:00 PM

Doctor and Patient: Lost in Translation

“Chen has a clear and unwavering eye for exposing the reality behind the mythology of medical training… We would all do well to listen to what she has to say.” San Francisco Chronicle

The relationship between patient and healer has been the bedrock of healing since time immemorial. But in recent times and amid staggering scientific advances, there’s been a growing rift in that once-sturdy foundation, often caused by differences in how patients and the medical doctors who care for them speak to one another. How has communication affected patient care? How did such a rift develop? And what might we all do to prevent the best intentions and ideals from getting lost in translation?
Chen is a respected surgeon, writer of The New York Times’ “Doctor and Patient” blog and best-selling author of Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality.

Part of the Speaking of Health lecture series


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