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April 24, 2017 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. View Recurrence Dates
Category: Lecture
Location: The Freer House Hoobler Room
71 East Ferry Street
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Occurring: Apr 24, 2017

Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary treatments, longer lives, and where to draw the line

Sharon Kaufman, PhD

Professor Emerita, Medical Anthropology

University of California, San Francisco

Monday, April 24th 9:30 - 10:30 am

The Freer House, 2nd Floor Hoobler Room

71 E. Ferry Street, Detroit 48202

In today's aging society, the line between life-giving therapies and too much treatment is hard to see. It is obscured by a perfect storm created by private industry, insurance reimbursement and the promises of evidence and new technologies. Dr. Kaufman reveals what drives the storm's "more is better" approach to medicine: a nearly invisible chain of social, economic and bureaucratic forces that has made once extraordinary treatments seem ordinary and necessary. The lecture provides a map to the sociocultural sources of our health care dilemmas. 

For more information about this event, please contact Gail Jensen at 313-577-2598 or gail.jensen@wayne.edu.