These lectures address diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Speakers are MH&B faculty or special guests we've invited to present. The lectures run every Thursday from noon to 12:45pm in the Searle Seminar Room in the Lurie building, during The Graduate School's fall, winter, and spring quarters. Due to public interest, we've made these lectures open to all, inside and outside the Northwestern community. Please feel free to bring a lunch.
Hypochondria, Narrative, and Knowledge
Modern Medicine and the Postmodern Hypochondriac
Thursday, September 22, 2011
This lecture provides a historical context for the role of hypochondria in medicine's adaptation to the instabilities of postmodernism.
Plotless Stories and Poor Historians: Telling Hypochondriacal Narratives
Thursday, September 29, 2011
This lecture introduces hypochondria as a challenge to the forms of narrative structure and narrator identity on which so much clinical knowledge depends.
The Problem of Irony: Reading the Dying Hypochondriac
Thursday, October 6, 2011
This lecture, framed around the story of a single patient with hypochondriasis, shows how irony—when the meaning of a text is not the same as the literal meaning of its words—poses a challenge to conventional medical interpretation of texts.