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In Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing, Victoria Sweet presents her vision for how healing works and explores why we must rethink how our healthcare system treats patients. Like Slow Food and related movements, Slow Medicine—in which Sweet is regarded as a pioneer—prizes time and depth over rapid judgment and assumption. Slow Medicine encompasses craft as well as science, vocation as well as profession. It prioritizes patients, takes the contexts of their lives into account, and acknowledges that each body tells a unique story that cannot be captured in electronic charts but must be “read” firsthand.
Like God’s Hotel, Slow Medicine showcases Sweet’s deep knowledge, profound compassion, and fierce belief in healing as both calling and collaboration between doctor, nurse, patient and community. In the midst of our ongoing national political fight about healthcare, Slow Medicine is an urgent argument for rescuing medicine from its strangulation by healthcare, and a strong statement about why everyone—in illness and in health—deserves to be seen and treated with true caring.
Victoria Sweet was a physician at San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital for more than twenty years, an experience she chronicled in God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine. An associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, she is also a prizewinning historian with a Ph.D. in history and social medicine, and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
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Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 7:00pm