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Thu 12:00 PM

Fixes and Failures in Pain: Implantable Medication Pumps - Megan Crowley-Matoka

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When: Thursday, February 8, 2018
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM  

Where: Robert H Lurie Medical Research Center, 1st floor, Searle Seminar room, 303 E. Superior, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Bryan Morrison   312.503.1927

Group: Medical Humanities & Bioethics Lunchtime Montgomery Lectures

Category: Lectures & Meetings

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The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics program presents

A Montgomery Lecture


Megan Crowley-Matoka, PhD
Associate Professor, Medical Education
Faculty, Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program
Member, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Fixes and Failures in Pain: Implantable Medication Pumps

It is almost impossible to talk about pain care in the U.S. today without invoking the opioid overdose crisis. Dominating media headlines, driving public policy, and changing clinical practice, the epidemic rise in deaths associated with opioid use has overwhelmed the conversation about the challenges of treating pain in American medicine. In this two-talk series, I aim to broaden that conversation and also examine its effects by considering two other pain treatment modalities: back surgery and implantable pain medication pumps. Drawing on ongoing ethnographic research, I explore how the hopes, fears, and histories that push and pull patients along each of these treatment paths emerge in relation to both the enduring uncertainties of pain itself, and the contemporary anxieties surrounding pain medications.

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