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Medical series looks at the human side of medicine

Topics ranging from physicians' emotional reactions when patients die to performances of music and poetry to keeping children safe are among this semester's schedule of Medical Center Hour lectures. The Medical School's lecture series explores current issues and controversies for medicine and society. Its spring 2001 weekly series begins next week.

The weekly forum, produced by U.Va.'s Humanities in Medicine Program, is held on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Jordan Conference Center Auditorium. All programs are free and open to the public.

The first talk, Jan. 17, will focus on U.Va. psychiatrist Dr. Ian Stevenson's work investigating reincarnation, with special guest Tom Shroder, a Washington Post reporter and author of the recent book, Old Souls: The Scientific Evidence for Past Lives, which is about Stevenson's work.

The next few lectures are:

Jan. 24. "Physician Emotional Reaction to Patient Death: Impact on Patient Care." Dr. Robert Arnold, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Dr. Vamik Volkan, director of the Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction, Department of Psychiatric Medicine, U.Va.

Jan. 31. "HIV/AIDS: Discrimination, Stigma and Shame." Dr. Helene Gayle, Centers for Disease Control, and Rev. Elizabeth Emry, AIDS/HIV Services Group.

Founded in 1971 by former Medical School Dean Dr. Thomas H. Hunter, the Medical Center Hour includes topics in contemporary health care, culture, ethics, religion, law, scientific research and public policy.

The Humanities in Medicine program introduces the humanities and the arts into the medical curriculum and into the life of the academic medical community, with the goal of enriching the study and practice of medicine through attention to and reflection on humanistic values, expressions and traditions, including spiritual and ethical concerns. A program of the dean's office, Humanities in Medicine offers interdisciplinary educational opportunities for students and faculty and helps to link the medical school and its students and faculty with programs and faculty in Arts & Sciences.


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