A lecture by Sarah Manguso, author of The Two Kinds of Decay and Ongoingness: The End of a Diary and five other books.
How does the medical establishment make it difficult for chronically ill patients to gain treatment for persistent but non-emergent symptoms? Practitioners’ patterns include dismissal of physical symptoms as psychiatric in origin; attribution of disease symptoms to normative gender differences; and the framing of illness as the patient’s fault, thanks to poor attitude or inadequate self-care.
Manguso draws on her decades of experience as a patient and a writer on medical conditions, challenging health care practitioners to recognize habits of dismissal and approach treatment with greater sensitivity.
Co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Schools of Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health.