Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street, Room 108
  • May 17, 2017 from 4:10pm to 5:30pm

Speaker: Carol Nash PhD, Scholar in Residence, History of Medicine Program, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

What defines our experience of health? How does it affect our health outcome? Comparing the Modern tradition of diagnosis and treatment with the Post Modern understanding of interpreting patients’ points of view, a way will be proposed identifying important components of people’s experience of their health throughout their life span regarding these different traditions using examples of two well-known personalities representing extremes in health experiences: Stephen Hawking, internationally known physicists still living fifty years after a diagnosis of ALS; and Judy Garland, renowned and admired singer/actress who died of a drug overdose at 47 after suffering from the belief that there was no one to care for her. In so doing, an attempt will be made to help healthcare providers understand how the diagnosis patients receive of illness may differ from what they perceive of their health in relation to their particular perspective.

If healthcare providers are to assist in supporting positive outcomes for their patients, even those with dire diagnoses, it will be argued that ethically this is best done by adopting ways of encouraging patients to be conscious of efforts to decrease their level of fear and increase their level of courage in response to their health.

This seminar is free and open to the public. It will be webcast. No registration required.