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Sustainable Medicine: the rebirth of wisdom and compassion in healthcare

Look at and discuss a foundation for a renewed Art of Medicine.

Biomedicine has been locked in a century-long arms race against ever more complex forms of chronic disease. And now, as we live longer less healthy lives and the flow of new magic bullets dries up, its weaponry costs are spiraling out of control. Though the problems of cure and cost are two sides of one coin, biomedicine could be facing an even deeper crisis of care and commitment as its mechanistic culture and obsession with cure downgrade timeless virtues of caring and compassion. A perfect storm could be brewing as crisis of cure and cost, compassion and commitment interact, and yet in emerging psychology and neurobiology there are glimmers of a scientific foundation for a renewed Art of Medicine. Perhaps, if medical science can spread these new wings, and healthcare becomes less impersonal, practitioners' wisdom and compassion will be seen not as something marginal and non-specific, but once again as the very heart of heathcare.


Dr Alistair Dobbin | talks
Dr Chris Irons | talks
Dr Penny Campling | talks
Dr Margaret Hannah | talks


Date and Time:

9 November 2013 at 9:30 am


Full Day



University of Westminster
115 cavendish Street

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Organised by:

Scientific and Medical Network
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Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 0ZF
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Phone: 01608 652000

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