Northwestern University

Thu 12:00 PM

Going Under and Coming Round: Anesthesia and Illegibility - Catherine Belling

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When: Thursday, October 25, 2018
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM  

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

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

Contact: Myria Knox   312.503.7962

Group: Medical Humanities & Bioethics Lunchtime Montgomery Lectures

Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities Events

Category: Lectures & Meetings


The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics program presents

A Montgomery Lecture


Catherine Belling, PhD
Associate Professor, Medical Education

Faculty, Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program

Member, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Going Under and Coming Round: Anesthesia and Illegibility

General anesthesia deliberately--and for very good reason--renders the patient unconscious so as to minimize the suffering caused by being sensate, awake, and alert during invasive medical procedures. The patient is also unable to generate communication--is rendered illegible. What does this mean in the context of the value we place on narrating illness experience, and on the role of memory and narration in cases of trauma? And what happens if a patient is not in fact entirely unconscious during the procedure?

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