DUKE Medical Humanities Reading: Louise Aronson: A History of Present Illness

Dr. Louise Aronson, will read from her recent collection of short stories: "A History of the Present Illness"

When Oct 08, 2013
from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM
Where East Duke Parlors
Contact Name
Attendees Charlotte Sussman [sussman@duke.edu]
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A History of the Present Illness takes readers into overlooked lives in the neighborhoods, hospitals, and nursing homes of San Francisco, offering a deeply humane and incisive portrait of health and illness in American today. An elderly Chinese immigrant sacrifices his demented wife's well-being to his son's authority. A busy Latina physician's eldest daughter's need for more attention has disastrous consequences. A young veteran's injuries become a metaphor for the rest of his life. A gay doctor learns very different lessons about family from his life and his work, and a psychiatrist who advocates for the underserved may herself be crazy. Together, these honest and compassionate stories introduce a striking new literary voice and provide a view of what it means to be a doctor and a patient unlike anything we've read before. In the tradition of Oliver Sacks and Abraham Verghese, Aronson's writing is based on personal experience and addresses topics of current social relevance. Masterfully told, A History of the Present Illnessexplores the role of stories in medicine and creates a world pulsating with life, speaking truths about what makes us human.