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Medicine Grand Rounds, Laurence E. Earley Lecture: Cornelia Dean “Doctors and Patients: Ignorance, Irrationality and Risk”
January 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
When ordinary people attempt to understand scientific, medical or other technical information, they may find themselves hampered by ignorance, irrational patterns of thinking and erroneous ideas about risk. These problems are always unfortunate, but when the information people are trying to understand relates to their own health, they are particularly unfortunate.
Clinicians can do a lot to reduce this kind of trouble, Some useful steps are relatively simple, others are more complicated. As the practice of medicine becomes more and more complex, it is important for clinicians to embrace and adopt them.
Cornelia Dean is a lecturer at Brown University and a science writer and former science editor of The New York Times. In her editing tenure in the newspaper’s science department, members of its staff won every major journalism prize as well as the Lasker Award for public service.
The Laurence E. Earley lecture honors Dr. Earley (1931-2012), an internationally known nephrologist who retired from UNC in 2000.