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Inaugural Richardson lecture kicks off Medical Center Hour

Respected biomedical ethicist and physician Dr. Mark Siegler, director of the Center for Clinical Ethics at the University of Chicago, will speak Sept. 8 on "Mistakes in Medicine," the School of Medicine's inaugural Richardson Memorial Lecture.

The Richardson lecture, to be held in McLeod Hall Auditorium, kicks off the Medical Center Hour series, held Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. Talks are in the Jordan Hall Conference Center Auditorium, except when noted.

"Mark's been a pioneer in the training of physicians to become clinical medical ethicists," said Jonathan Moreno, director of U.Va.'s Center for Biomedical Ethics. Siegler, who was a visiting associate professor in medicine and religious studies at U.Va. in 1981-82, urges physicians to "see the practice of clinical ethics as an appropriate part of a medical career," Moreno said.

According to Marcia Day Childress, who organizes the Medical Center Hour series for the Humanities in Medicine program, Siegler's presentation "could help us cultivate among our faculty and medical students a changed culture about how we deal with the errors that are an inevitable part of medical practice -- how we develop a vocabulary for open, reflective conversation with each other and with patients and their families about error."

The Richardson Lecture Series began with a gift from local dermatologist Dr. Donald R. Richardson, who received his undergraduate and medical degrees from U.Va. and completed his residency in the Medical Center, in honor of his late mother, a former teacher.

His goal is to teach doctors, nurses and other health care providers to "get interested in patients as people, and not just chart numbers."

Ultimately, Richardson hopes to "make the University a better place for training doctors," Richardson said, adding that Medical School dean Dr. Robert M. Carey has "enthusiastically" embraced the idea.

Sept. 15. Reproductive Technologies: Making Babies, Creating Problems? Lori B. Andrews, Chicago-Kent College of Law Dr. Bruce Bateman, Ob-Gyn, U.Va.

Sept. 22. Treating Ethnic Cleansing: Repairing History Dr. J. Anderson Thomson Jr. Dr. Vamik D. Volkan Maurice Apprey, all from the Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction, U.Va.

Sept. 29. Undue Risk: Secret State Experiments on Humans Jonathan D. Moreno, Center for Biomedical Ethics, U.Va.

Oct. 6. The Top of the Bottom Half: One Woman's Story Liza Vann, actress, New York City Cosponsored by the U.Va. Health System, the Women's Committee of Martha Jefferson Hospital and the Breast Health Coalition of the Blue Ridge
*12:30-2 p.m., McLeod Hall Auditorium
*7-8:30 p.m., Lane Auditorium, Albemarle County Office Building

Oct. 13. School of Nursing Bice Memorial Lecture Families and Cancer Frances Marcus Lewis, School of Nursing, U. Wash.

Oct. 20. To Those Who Conferred the Greatest Benefit on Mankind: The Nobel Prize in Medicine Wendy Golden, Cytogenetics Laboratory, U.Va. Dr. Bernard Schneider, Radiation Oncology, U.Va.
*McLeod Hall Auditorium

Oct. 27. Hideous Progeny: Frankenstein Revisited Susan Lederer, History, Yale Cosponsored by the Health Sciences Library's History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series

Nov. 3. Insomnia: Sleepless in Poetry and (Medical) Prose Lisa Spaar, Creative Writing, U.Va.

Nov. 10. Touch and Massage: A Cultural Perspective Jerry Toporowsky, Virginia School of Massage, Charlottesville

Nov. 17. Tobacco in Virginia: Common Health, Common Wealth? Dr. Carolyn Reed, Surgery, UNC-Chapel Hill Cosponsored by the Cancer Center

Dec. 1. A Partial View: An Alzheimer╣s Journal Jackie Main, author, Charlottesville Ruth Henderson, author, Harrisonburg Nancy Andrews, photographer, The Washington Post

Dec. 8. The Art of Ayurvedic Healing Anne Monius, Religious Studies, U.Va. Dr. Jim Krag, Valley Community Services Board, Staunton


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