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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host a two-day conference, "The Patient: An International Symposium," Oct. 20 and 21.

Sponsored by the Office of the President, the Department of English, the Comparative Humanities Program, and Geisinger Medical Center, the symposium will examine patient care by the health-care industry and humanistic reconstitution of the patient's experience.

"Advances in diagnostic and therapeutic modalities provide both cure and control of chronic illnesses not imagined a decade ago," said Harold Schweizer, professor of English at Bucknell. "Poised to benefit on many fronts, the patient should feel satisfied with the medical encounter. And yet, many patients feel alienated or even violated by the efficiency of the medical system."

Time to rethink

It seems timely, said Schweizer, to "reconsider, rethink and emphatically re-imagine the patient's environments — ancient and contemporary, intimate, and social."

Starting at 9 a.m. each day and held in the Elaine Langone Center, a number of sessions are scheduled over the two days. Topics range from "The Patient in Context" and "The Patient Across Disciplines: Approaches to Illness and Dying" to "The Experience of the Suffering Patient" and "The Identity of the Patient."

For a complete schedule and list of sessions, visit the symposium's website. The symposium is open to the public without charge. Seating, though, is limited.

Keynote addresses

The public is especially welcome to attend the keynote address "Beyond Forgetting: Poetry about Alzheimer's" by poet, fiction writer and essayist Tess Gallagher Friday, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m. Rita Charon, director of the Narrative Medicine Program, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, will deliver a keynote address, "The Patient, the Body, and the Self," Saturday, Oct. 21, at 5:15 p.m. Both will be in the Elaine Langone Center's Forum.

Posted Oct. 12, 2006

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