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>From: Harold Schweizer <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: The Patient (1/31/06; 10/18/06-10/19/06)
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>The Patient: A Symposium, Bucknell University, October 18 & 19, 2006
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>Precariously situated between home and hospital,=20
>work and bed, life and death, the patient=20
>occupies a liminal, unstable position.  Charged=20
>to identify with her state as with the moral=20
>virtue from which she receives her name, the=20
>patient also lives in the fear of our=20
>indifference and impatience.  Although attended=20
>by doctors, nurses, family and friends, her=20
>condition - particularly if it is chronic - ever=20
>threatens to sever her connections with the world=20
>and to exile her into that fundamental solitude=20
>owned by the sick and suffering.
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>Immersed within a society and medical system that=20
>seeks optimum outcomes linked to zero errors, the=20
>patient receives care delivered with industrial=20
>efficiency.  Advances in diagnostic and=20
>therapeutic modalities provide both cure and=20
>control of chronic illness not imagined a decade=20
>ago. Poised to benefit on multiple fronts, she=20
>should be increasingly satisfied with the medical=20
>encounter; and yet, many patients feel alienated=20
>or even violated by the efficiency of the medical=20
>system.  What defines a quality medical encounter=20
>from her perspective? What do medical=20
>practitioners - nurses, physicians, social=20
>workers - value in their relationship with the=20
>patient?  How is this relationship preserved and=20
>nurtured?  What are the opportunities or perils=20
>in the physician-patient relationship?
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>It seems timely to counteract the quantification=20
>of the patient by the health care industry and to=20
>call for a humanistic reconstitution of the=20
>patient's experience and situation, to=20
>reconsider, rethink, and emphatically re-imagine=20
>the patient in her environments, ancient and=20
>contemporary, intimate and social. Papers written=20
>from a humanistic or medical perspective=20
>addressing the following topics are invited:
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>- the patient in literary contexts
>- the patient in film
>- the dying patient
>- the patience of the patient
>- the patient and communication
>- the ill and the well
>- the chronic patient
>- the quality medical encounter from the perspective of the patient
>- patient satisfaction
>- the quality medical encounter from the perspective of the physician
>- physician satisfaction
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>Submit one page abstracts and a short CV by=20
>January 31, 2006.  The symposium will be held on=20
>the campus of Bucknell University, October 18 and=20
>19, 2006.  A selection of papers will be=20
>published by Aper=E7us: Histories, Texts, Cultures.
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>Harold Schweizer, Chair				Michael Foltzer, MD
>Department of English				Geisinger Medical Center
>Bucknell University				100 N Academy MC21-11
>Lewisburg, PA 17837 				Danville, PA 17822
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